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. 

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Challenge – Win up to $1,000

Create a plant to address problems with our food systems and you could win up to $1,000!  The Chipotle x Earth Force challenge is designed to help young people make their food systems more sustainable.  The challenge is youth lead with an adult sponsor.  Tackle issues like food waste, local production, food deserts or anything

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Cory Elementary Embraces the Whole Child, Whole Chicken and Whole Food!

Nov. 11th, 2021 by Skeeter Buck For the past several years, Cory Elementary — its students, teachers, and parents have collaborated utilizing a school-based community chicken program and garden as a space where our students, teachers, parents, and community can gather in an extended outdoor classroom to support experiential learning. A place where nature and

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Fall 2021 Sustainability Newsletter

Nov. 11th, 2021 Welcome to the return of the DPS Sustainability Newsletter! Our team manages utilities for the district, works to reduce our resource consumption by optimizing our buildings for efficiency and to create comfortable learning spaces. We engage students and clubs with their own projects and sustainability initiatives and share opportunities.  Our Fall 2021

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Denver’s Climate Protection Fund Five Year Plan

The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency has released the city’s investment strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change and build resiliency.  Grace Rink, Denver’s Chief Climate Officer shares this visionary plan or you can read the whole report here. 

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Northeast Early College Pioneers Solar Career Pathway

October 29th, 2021 As COP26 wrapped up making some progress but still a long way to go, one DPS school is preparing students for careers in renewable energy. Northeast Early College (NEC) is pioneering a career pathway for students to gain the skills needed to meet our current and future renewable energy demands.  In a

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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.