Starting Seedlings
Elementary students tend to their seedlings at Farrell B. Howell

Sustainability Education intersects with every subject: literacy, science, biology, earth science, geometry, art, engineering, biology, nutrition, food justice, climate change, physical education, yoga, math, social justice, civics, performance, graphic arts and beyond.  We are here to support your passion and sustainability initiatives. Reach out to with any questions and requests. 

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See some of the wonderful and impactful projects and events other DPS educators bring to their students to engage sustainability education.

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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Cooking Matters helps parents and caregivers struggling with limited food budgets learn how to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals.

Since 1994, Cooking Matters Colorado has reached over 100,000 families with our nationally-recognized food skills education. We partner with community organizations and volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors to offer six-week cooking courses, one-time grocery store tours and childcare professionals trainings to families across Colorado. Our participants are a diverse population of low-income families, many of whom are enrolled in federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Through Cooking Matters programming, participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. We envision a future in which all Colorado children have the nutritious foods they need to grow, learn, and thrive, and all parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to prepare delicious, balanced meals. 

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the Gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. Our conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations.