Monday, April 12th – Welcome and Pecha Kuchas
Pecha kuchas are 5 minute fast-paced presentations designed to introduce a topic and organization before we dig into our longer workshops in the coming sessions.
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Youth are spending less time outside today than ever before. This pecha kucha focuses on the impact of nature-deficit disorder on our children and the implications for education and mental health. Eric Punkay is a member of DPS’s Sustainability Team where he works on resource consumption and bringing sustainability education to our students. He has a background in conservation biology, education and energy efficiency.
Ecophyschology – Caring for the Environment and your mental health
An introduction to the field of Ecopsychology will provide you with some basic tools to cope with eco-anxiety, eco-depression, etc., based on research from the Northern Rivers Region of Australia. Izzy Sofio is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Environmental Studies program. She is a passionate environmentalist and works at Peak Facilitation Group.
If we only teach about sustainability instead of teaching through it, we will remain trapped in a cycle of abstract content delivery that produces young adults who are incapable of the paradigm shifts needed to rescue our species and world. Permaculture design offers a methodology to teach any subject in a way that models adaptive problem-solving based on regenerative natural patterns. Creighton Hofeditz is passionate about place-based education, and after five years at Denver Montessori Junior High School, he is a founding member of the American Indian Academy of Denver, teaching Indigenized STEAM; he also leads yearly permaculture design classes for adults.
Recycling in Denver:
We will cover best practices and general knowledge about the overall recycling and composting process within the city of Denver and what you can do at your specific school to reduce waste responsibly. Brad Paterson is a program administrator with the city of Denver. He works closely with DPS Sustainability to provide hauling services to all of DPS. He provides waste diversion education and solutions for DPS staff, students, and facilities. If you have a question about composting or recycling, he can answer it!
Gardens in Denver Public Schools
An overview of gardens and programming across the district. Learn about our community partnerships, curriculum and other resources. Make the most of your school’s garden and outdoor spaces. Chris Woodburn is passionate about gardening in the Front Range and connecting youth with food access and connections to the natural world. He is the garden contact for Denver Public Schools.
Big Green Gardens
Learn about Big Green’s wonderful opportunities for our schools. From hands-on garden lessons integrating with learning standards to programming for students and families learning virtually, see how Big Green supports our schools and greater community.
Take Action on the Climate Crisis
This pecha kucha will contextualize the Climate Crisis and provide a roadmap for acting on climate while considering different levels of influence. Adam West is part of the Sustainability Team at DPS, where he promotes sustainable built environments. He has a background in green building consulting with a BA in Environmental Studies and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Denver Urban Gardens
Denver Urban Gardens’ school based community garden sites provide growing opportunities for our schools and community members. Check out their video library and grow your green thumb while integrating garden into every subject and grade level while meeting state standards.
Youth Sustainability Board
Meet the students in DPS making a difference through sustainability initiatives in Denver and beyond. Learn how to take your student club to the next level.