Welcome to the
 Department of Sustainability

The Denver Public Schools Sustainability Management Plan (SMP)

Funded by a grant from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, Denver Public Schools is embarking on the development of its first ever Sustainability Management Plan (SMP). With involvement from leadership, staff, teachers, students, parents and the community, the SMP will lay out a roadmap for uniting its many ongoing sustainability initiatives and integrating energy, resource efficiency and other sustainability practices into District operations.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The SMP development process will include compiling information on the District’s current energy and resource use and sustainability practices, setting a vision and goals for progress and developing specific strategies for action. The SMP will also provide guidance on how to track progress over time and report the District’s progress both internally and externally to the community. Representative topics the SMP can help address include:

• Energy and water use and efficiency in District buildings, schools and operations

• Solid waste and recycling

• Fuel consumption by the District’s buses and other vehicles

• Integrating sustainability into purchasing decisions

• Considering sustainability in operations such as cleaning and food services

• The design and renovation of buildings and schools

• Indoor air quality

• Education and engagement of students and staff in sustainability

 The development of the SMP will take place at the department/administrative level in collaboration with the District’s Sustainability Team and integrally involve teachers and students in the entire process.

PROJECT TIMELINE

The SMP will be developed over the course of approximately 10 months:

Spring 2011 – Collect baseline data and develop greenhouse gas inventory

Spring through Early Fall 2011 – Collect stakeholder input including a District-wide survey and stakeholder meetings

Summer 2011 – Develop a District sustainability vision and goals

Summer 2011 through Fall 2011 – Draft department, school and student sustainability strategies

Winter 2012 – Draft and Final SMP document

 

FINAL SMP DOCUMENTS:

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT PLAN - LONG VERSION

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT PLAN - SHORT VERSION

CLICK HERE TO SEE FINAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT PLAN - POWERPOINT

 

OVERALL RESOURCES:

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION FROM THE SMP KICKOFF MEETING

CLICK HERE FOR A ONE PAGE OVERVIEW OF THE SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT PLAN PROCESS

 

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESOURCES:

Notes from 1st Executive Committee Meeting

Notes from 2nd Executive Commitee Meeting

Powerpoint Presentation from 3rd Executive Commitee Meeting

 

SMALL GROUP INTERVIEW NOTES:

Notes from Facilities Shops Interviews

Notes from 900 Grant Administrative Staff Interviews

Notes from Teachers, Principals and Student Services Interviews

Notes from Community Group and Utility Provider Interviews

Notes from Transportation Division Interviews

Notes from Student Board of Education Interviews