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Our mission is to engage students, teachers and schools throughout our district in sustainability learning initiatives.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity for every student in our district to receive environmental education as part of their learning experience in DCSD.

Alignment to DCSD Unity of Purpose

Academic Excellence – Sustainability initiatives provide authentic student-led learning experiences that are inclusive of all learning abilities and often reach the “hard to reach” students while supporting the Colorado Academic Standards.


Outstanding Educators and Staff – The Office of Sustainability provides professional development through quarterly face to face networking sessions and our annual professional learning conference, Green U.


Safe, Positive Climate and Culture - School wide sustainability initiatives such as school gardens, recycling programs and energy reduction competitions bring students together through collaborative learning and celebrations.


Collaborative Relations with Parents and Community – Schools are encouraged and often choose to include the community in implementing and celebrating sustainability projects.  DCSD school community involvement includes community gardening, community showcase nights, display gardens and our annual “Earth Day Extravaganza!” which displays and celebrates school, teacher and student success in sustainability.


Financial Well-Being - Energy savings initiatives, water reduction, waste reduction for the district while teaching students financial literacy.

Watch some of the videos below to learn about sustainability around Douglas County schools, or skip ahead to read more about our work and find resources to get YOUR school involved in sustainability initiatives!


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