DCSD hosts USDE Green Strides Best Practices Tour
LARKSPUR – The U.S Department of Education showcased Douglas County School District’s sustainability efforts this week by visiting several of our schools as part of their Green Strides Best Practices Tour.
On Tuesday September 16, staff and students at Larkspur, Flagstone and Heritage elementary schools welcomed representatives from the U.S. and Colorado Departments of Education.
The Green Strides Tour highlights what districts and schools are doing to improve the overall wellness, productivity and achievement of students through health, environmental and educational improvements. All three of the schools featured, had recently won national awards for their sustainability work.
“These awardees are doing absolutely fantastic work that should be shared,” said Andrea Suarez Falken, director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
DCSD sustainability highlights:
- Douglas County School District (DCSD) received Colorado’s first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award in 2013.
- U.S. Department of Education awarded its Green Ribbon Award to Larkspur (2014) and Flagstone Elementary (2012).
- Four DCSD schools have earned the Green Flag Award from Eco-Schools USA, including Castle Rock (2014), Copper Mesa (2013), Flagstone (2013) and Heritage (2014) elementary schools.
- $18.3 million has been saved through District sustainability efforts over seven years, including mechanical and electrical upgrades and energy conservation efforts.
- An incentive program was launched to send some of the money saved to each of the participating schools. During the 2013-2014 School year alone $389,000 was returned to our schools.