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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 dept_sustainability@dpsk12.net

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Garden of Youth interns practice stewardship as they clean up along the River Walk in Golden.
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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Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine visits Denver Green School

by Chris Woodburn – Sustainability Program Specialist, Oct. 13, 2020 Educator and author, Stephen Ritz, visited Denver Green School to share his experience bringing indoor gardening and nutrition to students in the Bronx.  As the founder of Green Bronx Machine, Ritz brought hands-on learning to thousands of students with indoor tower gardens producing food for students

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DPS Breaks Ground on New Five-Acre Greenhouse Facility

Oct. 04, 2021 by Will Jones – Director of External Communications First district-based commercial greenhouse in nation to grow “salad bowl” items for schools Denver – Students in Denver Public Schools (DPS) will soon be able to dine on vegetables and fruits from the school district’s very own commercial greenhouse. District officials are breaking ground

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Garden of Youth Marks it’s 10th Anniversary

by Chris Woodburn – Sustainability Program Specialist, Sept 1st, 2021 After cancelling all summer programming in 2020 due to COVID-19, Garden of Youth returned for it’s tenth anniversary in 2021.  Garden of Youth is a ten week job skill development internship program for students 16-21 with IEP’s.  Interns practice soft job skills in small groups

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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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