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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 dept_sustainability@dpsk12.net with any questions and requests. 

Connect with Sustainability Professionals to provide support for you and your class, our Sustainability Partners, Curriculum, Resources, Grant Opportunities and our own Library of Things.

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

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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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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Greenwood Academy builds solar ovens Fall 2019 Putting the “E” in STEAM Education!  Each One Teach One students worked beside Engineer Joe Callahan, founder of Energilab, to build solar ovens to use the sun’s energy for cooking. The sun is a clean, renewable energy source that preserves the planet for future generations. We can teach you how to steam vegetables, bake Read More »

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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.