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Sustainability

LeeAnn Westfall
Sustainability and Energy Manager
720-331-2023
 
Sustainability Coordinator
720-663-1206
 
Energy Analyst
303-387-0451
 
2806 N Highway 85 Building A
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Sustainability

Sustainability Management is committed to integrating social, economic and environmental practices and principles across all departments within the Douglas County School District (DCSD), with its primary goal being effective management of our resources.

CHAMPIONS AND STUDENT OVERVIEW

The heart of the DCSD Sustainability program lies in the passion and effort of our champions and student teams across the District. They serve as the point-of-contact for their respective schools.  This role is crucial to the success of our program since our champions provide motivation and recognition for our students.

The student teams which run the programs within their schools are the power behind our success.  Their energy and efforts propel us to the levels of achievement we currently enjoy.  They provide the leadership of the program for students, staff, families and community.  They choose their goals, create the marketing for their schools and monitor/grade the performance of everyone in their buildings.  With a district the size of DCSD, these teams provide the daily inspiration to continue using our resources in the most efficient way.

SUSTAINABILITY INCENTIVE PROGRAM FY 16-17

The Sustainability Incentive Program has successfully encouraged schools to address energy and other sustainability issues, joining the District in its efforts to be responsible stewards of our resources. There are two parts to this incentive so please read through!  Part 1- Energy Action Incentive and Part 2- Green PBL Fund.

Sustainability Incentive Program materials can be found at: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4YjBhKacSCgdjRmb0hnY0ZVUkU&usp=sharing

Energy Action Incentive 

Most of our schools have a great potential to reduce their energy consumption simply through changing the behavior of building occupants. This program provides students the opportunity to see the change they can have on the building and the environment while earning money for their efforts.

Incentives:

Energy Reduction

% Savings Back to School

0-10%

30%

11-40%

50%

Over 40%

70%

 
  • The school with the biggest reduction in energy consumption will be named the 2016-2017 Energy Action Champion and will win a prize.

Eligible Schools: Schools that have not received operational upgrades during the previous school year (mechanical and electrical upgrades: motion sensors, LED lighting, new boiler/chiller, etc.). Example: Rock Canyon High School received LED lights in the gym in March 2016 (FY15-16). They would not be eligible for the Energy Action Incentive until FY17-18.

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/qCWVdw9S5Mi6miK83

Timeline:

  • August 17: Application Release
  • September 30: Application Deadline
  • November 2016-January 2017: Office of Sustainability Check-in
  • Earth Week 2017 (April): Celebration and Student Presentations by region (Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock)
  • June 30: Final Awards to Schools

Green PBL Fund 

Schools may apply for operational upgrades that will improve the efficiency of their building as a part of a project based learning experience. Students should be involved in project research, development, and evaluation.

Projects demonstrate the reduction in the ecological and economic footprint of your school, which will be measured and monitored through utility tracking by the Office of Sustainability. Projects must address 1. energy consumption through facility upgrades and 2.include a scope of work.

Examples of projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Solar charging stations
  • Computer automatic shut-down programs
  • LED retrofits to an area of the school or grounds
  • High efficiency heating and air conditioning units

Incentives:

  • Schools may apply for funds in any amount. First priority will be given to projects with a simple payback of 5 years or less. Projects with a simple payback over 5 years may be considered, but may only be approved if funds are available.

Eligible Schools: All DCSD schools are eligible to apply. Note: if awarded, schools become ineligible for the Energy Action Incentive for the year following operational upgrades.

Application: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4YjBhKacSCgdjRmb0hnY0ZVUkU&usp=sharing

Timeline:

  • August 17: Application release
  • November 1: Application Deadline
  • December: Awardees Announced
  • January-March 2017: Target Timeframe for Project Implementation
  • Earth Week 2017 (April): Celebration and Student Presentations by region (Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock)

Contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability[at]dcsdk12[dot]org for more information.

There are many ways to get involved in learning about sustainability and using that knowledge in the real world.  

Internships

DCSD Sustainability is designed to provide real-world, engaged learning opportunities for our students and staff.  Career exploration and professional development are part of our World-Class Education.  Stay tuned for new opportunities!

Community Partnerships

Our Community Partners include:
  • McKinstry, Red Apple, GUOS, Tagawa, Home Depot, WalMart
  • Schools: Ecotech, Pikes Peak Community College, Denver University, Colorado State University and Colorado College  
  • Douglas County: E-cycle and other county-sponsored events
  • Non-Profits: USGBC, CAFR, Center for Green Schools, GreenSchoolsConnect

Student Team

Douglas County School District is working to develop a sustainability plan because we recognize our responsibility to be sustainable leaders.  The social, economic, and environmental impact we have on our students, parents, staff and community is measurable.  Sustainability is a nebulous term at times, but we are defining our expectations and creating a workable plan to reach our goals.  We want to build a team that will focus on the current and future needs of our District.  The three main areas of Sustainability--social, economic and environmental--can also be referred to as People, Planet, Profit.  There are many opportunities within DCSD to improve our performance in all of these areas and focus on our future. 

We are currently looking for two students from each high school to become inaugural members of our Student Sustainability Team.  We want students that care about sustainability, want to learn more and who want to help develop the future of DCSD.  We will meet monthly to build the team and program.  These students will work hard, but will receive recognition for their work. They will have the chance to set the bar high for all sites and departments within DCSD so that we can build our sustainability program to match our level of educational excellence. 

Goals of the team will include the following:

  • Creating a definition and a recognizable brand for DCSD Sustainability

  • Creation of both short and long term goals, with measures to track progress and specific strategies on how to reach all goals in the following areas:

  • Energy and water use in all District facilities and operations          
  • Recycling and solid waste
  • Vehicle fuel consumption
  • Design and renovation of all District facilities
  • Indoor air quality
  • Education and engagement of students and staff in sustainability
  • Integrating sustainability into purchasing decisions
  • Integrating sustainability in custodial and food services operations
  • Presenting the District’s progress over time to all internal and external stakeholders. 

Staff Team

Douglas County School District is working to develop a sustainability plan because we recognize our responsibility to be sustainable leaders.  The social, economic and environmental impact we have on our students, parents, staff and community is measurable.  Sustainability is a nebulous term at times, but we are defining our expectations and creating a workable plan to reach our goals.  We want to build a team that will focus on the current and future needs of our District.  The three main areas of Sustainability--social, economic and environmental--can also be referred to as People, Planet, Profit.  There are many opportunities within DCSD for us to improve our performance in all of these areas, and focus on our future. 

We are currently looking for staff to become members of our Sustainability Team.  We want staff that care about sustainability, want to learn more, and who want to help develop the future of DCSD.  We will meet monthly to build the team and program.  You will have the chance to set the bar high for all sites and departments within DCSD, so that we can build our sustainability program to match our level of educational excellence. 

Goals of the team will include the following:

  • Creating a definition and a recognizable brand for DCSD Sustainability

  • Creation of both short and long term goals, with measures to track progress, and specific strategies on how to reach all goals in the following areas:

    • Energy and water use in all District facilities and operations               

    • Recycling and material solid waste

    • Vehicle fuel consumption

    • The design and renovation of all District facilities

    • Indoor air quality

    • Education and engagement of students and staff in sustainability

    • Integrating sustainability into purchasing decisions

    • Integrating sustainability in custodial and food services operations

    • Presenting the District’s progress over time to all internal and external stakeholders. 

GENERAL SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES

Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.  The GLOBE Program enables you and your class to engage in a collaborative, scientific exploration of the world around you, collaborating with other teachers and students from around the world. The GLOBE Website provides access to materials to engage your students in science and scientific discovery. The centerpiece of the GLOBE science and education components have traditionally been the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. These components have been divided between the Teaching & Learning and Explore Science tabs. The measurement protocols and associated learning activities exist on the Explore Science tab, while the Implementation Guide, Elementary GLOBE, access to workshops and materials, ways to integrate GLOBE throughout the curriculum, and links to assessment tools and learning standards exist here, on the Teaching & Learning tab.

NEED Project

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation's schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

Green Up Ours Schools

Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs.  Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years and personalized assistance achieving their goals.

 

AWARD AND RECOGNITION RESOURCES

Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.

Eco-Schools Green Flag

Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators intergrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.  The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement.  Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth. Eco-Schools currently being implemented in more than 50 countries around the world. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003.

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. The Program offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

Global Explorers – Citizens of the World

Global Explorers is a nonprofit organization with a mission of inspiring responsible global citizenship.  We provide transformative journeys for students and educators, primarily middle and high school.  We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible to people from diverse backgrounds and students with diverse abilities.

 

Global Explorers recently joined forces with No Barriers USA to create a nonprofit organization that now serves not only students!  The mission of No Barriers USA is to unleash the potential of the human spirit.  By providing transformative experiences that empower people to embrace a “no barriers” mindset, all of our No Barriers programs help people discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world.  To learn more about No Barriers and our other programs, visit www.nobarriersusa.org.

 

Igniting Creative Engergy (ICE)

Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) is a student contest promoting creativity and environmental stewardship. ICE is unique in the realm of student contests due to a commitment to allowing rather than restricting. Entries in the contest range from poetry, videos, essays, 3D models, games to anything else a student may be able to imagine and create. ICE is advantageous for both students and teachers alike. Teachers are easily able to adapt the contest to fit with core curriculum and students have no problem making it exciting within the flexible parameters.

We Can Change The World

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Beginning August 13, 2013 through March 4, 2014, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

Healthy Schools Champions

Healthy School Champions recognizes and rewards schools that are healthy. The Score Card helps identify those schools that are implementing the Coordinated School Health Model and its eight components, to ensure the connection between health and learning is present and thriving.