Welcome to DPS Sustainability

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Welcome to Sustainability at Denver Public Schools! Our team improves resource efficiency, engages students and staff, and promotes sustainability across the district. Our website is currently under construction, and we will be rolling out more content over time. 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.
DPS schools come together to create a Youth Climate Engagement Video

April 14, 2021 Students and faculty from Northfield High School, Swigert International and Joe Shoemaker Elementary created a video to share with Colorado legislators to promote community voices on climate change.  They share how they have been personally impacted by climate change, their wishes for the future and the changes they are making in their

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Maxwell Elementary receives Westerra grant

Jan. 15th, 2021 Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary School received a Westerra Credit Union grant to renovate the school garden and add perennial fruit and vegetable plants.  The garden at Maxwell was developed through a partnership with Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and the school.   A quarter of the garden is reserved for teachers, students and classes

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Energy Performance Contract Launch

January 12th, 2021 Denver Public Schools and McKinstry Launch Energy Performance Contract Project to improve learning environments and student and staff comfort while reducing utility and operations costs at more than two dozen school buildings. McKinstry and Denver Public Schools, in consultation with the Colorado Energy Office, embarked on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project

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Gigia Kolouch – Nutrition & Garden Champion

Dec 16th, 2020 – Gigia Kolouch – Sustainability Champion The Sustainability Champion series highlights the people forging garden and sustainability pathways in Denver Public Schools.  Gigia is among the pioneer garden champions that planted, nurtured and tended the first gardens and student gardeners and chefs in DPS.  Born in Marin County, California and raised in

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Sustainability Education Survey

Dec 11th, 2020 Help Us Best Support You To better understand the current state of sustainability education, including the intersection of racial, social and environmental justice, the Sustainability Team has partnered with Dr. Christina Foust (Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver) to survey DPS school administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals on

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from Home!

Apr. 16 2020 Wednesday April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, a call to action that potentially has even greater meaning today than it did then. And while the planned Earth Day marches have been cancelled, events and other actions have transitioned online. Just because we have to stay

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Join YSB virtually for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

Apr. 10 2020 The Youth Sustainability Board is hosting a DIBY (Do it by Yourself) Virtual Earth Day Zoom call on Sunday 4/19 from 2-4 PM. Kids, experts, and others will be sharing what they are doing from their homes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Make a positive impact on the environment while

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Greenwood Academy wins Re:New Our Schools Competition

December 15, 2019  7th and 8th graders at Greenwood Academy participated in an energy savings contest where we attempted to reduce the amount of energy usage in our school. The goal of the Re:New Our Schools contest was to save as much energy as we could while gaining points through activities we completed. In order

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