Awards and Grants

GreenBVSD programs are heavily supported by grant funding and community partners. Without both of
these, much of our work would not be possible. Below are some of the grants we have received and a list of
invaluable partners. We are also honored that many of our programs and schools have received sustainability
awards. We have listed some of these awards in this section as well. Please note, these lists are not all-inclusive. Rather, they are an example of what has been achieved.

​E​co Champions​
2010​ | 2011 | 2012 | 2013​ | 2014​
Each year for Earth Day, BVSD recognizes individuals and schools that have made outstanding contributions toward BVSD's goals as outlined in the BVSD Sustainability Management System. ​
​Awards
    • 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardee! 
    • Lafayette, Pioneer and Ryan elementary schools received City of Lafayette’s 2014 GOLD level Green Business Recognitions. ​
    • Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado awarded Manhattan Middle School eighth-grade student, Rae MacCarthy, First Prize in the 2013 Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado poster contest.
    • The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) awarded BVSD one of three “Employer Champion Awards” in 2013.
    • The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Awarded Thorne Nature Experience and BVSD the “Program Award” for the 4th Grade Field Trip in 2013.
    • 36 Commuting Solutions Transportation Management Organization awarded the “Workplace Ambassador of the Year Award” to Bob Jamieson, BVSD Director of Benefits and Landon Hilliard, BVSD TO School Program Coordinator in 2013.​
    • The Boulder Valley School District was featured in the book “Greening America’s Schools” written by Paul Chapman and published by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2012.
    • United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design awarded Casey Middle School “LEED Platinum” in 2012.
    • Colorado Green Building Guild awarded Casey Middle School “Best Educational Facility” in 2012.​
    • Nederland Elementary received the Tandus Flooring Sustainable Flooring Award in 2012.
    • New Vista High School received the Award for Secondary Education from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education in 2012.
    • Engineering News-Record awarded Columbine Elementary the "Best 2012 Projects Award of Merit: K-12 Education."​
    • New Vista High School was awarded the Green Prize in Public Education from the National Environmental Education Foundation in February 2011. This award included $10,000 for the school’s sustainability efforts.
    • New Vista High School was awarded the Youth Conservation Award from the Center for Resource Conservation in November 2011.
    • BVSD’s IT Department received InfoWorld’s Green 15 Award in 2011.
    • Fairview High School received the President’s Environmental Youth Award from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011.
    • Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies, Douglass Elementary, Horizons K-8 and High Peaks Elementary received Boulderganic’s Sustainability Award in 2011 for their participation in the Green Star Schools Program.
    • Century Link awarded BVSD $4,193 through the Go Green for Schools cell phone recycling program in 2011.
    • BVSD was awarded Xcel Energy’s Efficiency Partner Recognition in 2010.
    • Heatherwood Elementary School received the Safe Routes To School “James L Oberstar Award” in 2011.
    • The American Council of Engineering Companies awarded Casey Middle School the "Engineering Excellence Award" in 2011.
    • The American Council of Engineering Companies awarded Casey Middle School the "Engineering Excellence Merit Award" in 2011.
    • ColoradoBiz awarded Casey Middle School the "2nd place Colorado Sustainable Design Award" in 2011.
    • Engineering News Record awarded Casey Middle School “Region’s Best Overall Project” Award in 2011.
    • American Society of Interior Designers awarded Casey Middle School the “Crystal Award, Education Category” in 2011.
    • The Council of Educational Facility Planners International Rocky Mountain Chapter awarded Columbine Elementary School the “People’s Choice Award” in 2011.
    • The Council of Educational Facility Planners Int. awarded Casey Middle School the "Peak Design Award" in 2010.​
    • National Center for Safe Routes to School awarded the “James L Oberstar Award” to Bear Creek Elementary in 2009.​
    • The American Institute of Architects awarded Broomfield High School the "Merit Award for Design Excellence" in 2009​.

​Grant Funding

Directly to BVSD Schools:
    • The Center for Resource Conservation Renew Our School’s Program has awarded solar panel and monitoring systems to five BVSD schools. Value of the 2009 donation was $120,652.24 ($51,352.24 from CRC plus Xcel rebates). Value of the 2010 donation was $151,883 ($78,739 from CRC plus Xcel rebates).
    • The Governor’s Energy Office granted BVSD $4,950 to purchase Utility Manager Software.
    • The Earth Day Network granted New Vista High School $15,000 to install a solar panel system for Earth Day 2010.
    • The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) granted New Vista High School $2,500 in 2010 for the Earth Task Force. This money was used to install low flow toilets and vending machine misers and to support the S.U.P.E.R. Summit and the 2nd Local Lunch in 2010-11.
    • The City of Lafayette granted Pioneer Elementary School $500 for the school’s green team in 2010-11.
    • Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) granted the City of Boulder and BVSD $83,900 to install an outdoor classroom at BCSIS/High Peaks Elementary Schools Building in 2010-11.
    • Xcel Energy’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund and the Governor’s Energy Office Wind for Schools Program each granted BVSD $10,000, for a total of $20,000 to install a wind turbine at Nederland Middle/Senior.
    • Eco-Cycle granted Douglass Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Ryan Elementary and Summit Middle School the Zero Waste-Green Star Schools Grant for the 2011-12 school year to purchase zero waste materials for events.
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      BVSD Food Services was awarded a $96,000 USDA Farm to School Grant in 2013
    • Kaiser Permanente awarded BVSD two $100,000 grants to support the Walk & Wheel Colorado program.
Grants to Organizations Supporting BVSD Schools:
    • The City of Boulder’s Climate Smart Program and Simple Solar awarded Thorne Nature Experience a total of $36,788 to install solar panels at Sombrero Marsh.
    • Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) granted the Center for Resource Conservation the Recharge Colorado Innovation Grant in the amount of $75,266.00.
    • Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) granted Boulder County funds from the Innovation Funding for Energy Efficiency (IFEE) Grant program in the amount of $13,275.00.