Welcome to Sustainability at Denver Public Schools! Our team improves resource efficiency, engages students and staff, and promotes sustainability across the district. We are proud of the we work we do and our recent Sustainability Annual Report showcases our impact on our students, schools and wider community. Our web pages highlight some of the work we do and we have compiled resources, grant opportunities, curricula and more for educators, students and clubs.  Please explore our site!

– LeeAnn Kittle, Director of Sustainability

LeeAnn Kittle
Garden of Youth interns practice stewardship as they clean up along the River Walk in Golden.
Sustainable Agriculture Challenge – Win up to $1,000

Create a plant to address problems with our food systems and you could win up to $1,000!  The Chipotle x Earth Force challenge is designed to help young people make their food systems more sustainable.  The challenge is youth lead with an adult sponsor.  Tackle issues like food waste, local production, food deserts or anything

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DPS Unveils District’s First Electric Bus

Nov. 12th, 2021 On Nov. 4, 2021 Denver Public Schools unveiled the district’s first electric school bus at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College (DMLK). The bus will service routes for several schools in far northeast Denver. The electric vehicle will reduce diesel exhaust emissions, and is projected to

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Cory Elementary Embraces the Whole Child, Whole Chicken and Whole Food!

Nov. 11th, 2021 by Skeeter Buck For the past several years, Cory Elementary — its students, teachers, and parents have collaborated utilizing a school-based community chicken program and garden as a space where our students, teachers, parents, and community can gather in an extended outdoor classroom to support experiential learning. A place where nature and

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Fall 2021 Sustainability Newsletter

Nov. 11th, 2021 Welcome to the return of the DPS Sustainability Newsletter! Our team manages utilities for the district, works to reduce our resource consumption by optimizing our buildings for efficiency and to create comfortable learning spaces. We engage students and clubs with their own projects and sustainability initiatives and share opportunities.  Our Fall 2021

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Denver’s Climate Protection Fund Five Year Plan

The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency has released the city’s investment strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change and build resiliency.  Grace Rink, Denver’s Chief Climate Officer shares this visionary plan or you can read the whole report here. 

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Northeast Early College Pioneers Solar Career Pathway

October 29th, 2021 As COP26 wrapped up making some progress but still a long way to go, one DPS school is preparing students for careers in renewable energy. Northeast Early College (NEC) is pioneering a career pathway for students to gain the skills needed to meet our current and future renewable energy demands.  In a

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Read the 2020-2021 Sustainability Annual Report

October 28, 2021 DPS Sustainability has been working hard to have an impact on our schools, community and beyond.  Conserving resources, saving the district and taxpayers money and transitioning the district to more sustainable practices is only part of the work we do.

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Lincoln Hills Cares Interns Jumpstart DPS Gardens and Farms

Lincoln Hills Cares works to develop the next generation of youth leaders through outdoor education, recreation and improving our community. During the summer of 2021 high school and college students worked in the gardens at Manual HS, Smith ES, Maxwell ES and the farm at McAuliffe to get the land ready for planting and improve

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powerED: Students Leading the Charge for Energy Conservation

by Eric Punkay – Sustainability Analyst – Oct. 19, 2021 As part of the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) that DPS is engaged in with McKinstry, students have the opportunity to drive the behavioral changes necessary to reduce our resource consumption. The overall goals of this program are to improve comfort, increase energy efficiency and increase

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