Sustainability Management System

The Boulder Valley School District is building on 20 plus years of environmental stewardship and further embracing environmental sustainability. The district hired a Sustainability Coordinator in the summer of 2008 and launched its first version of the Sustainability Management System in 2009.  The SMS is a comprehensive approach for identifying and coordinating existing efforts, establishing baselines, defining sustainability for BVSD, and creating plans to integrate sustainability into our operations and curriculum. The SMS is used as a roadmap for future years and is reviewed annually. The SMS also has an annual public reporting measure which leads to accountable actions and future goal setting.  

In 2015, BVSD released the updated Sustainability Management System to reflect new 5-year goals and updated visions.

2015 Sustainability Management System - Updated

2012 Sustainability Management System Progress Report​

2009 Sustainability Management System

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BV​SD is striving toward net zero energy* buildings with 100 percent reuse of indoor water and no potable water used for irrigation.​

BVSD is s​triving for non-toxic environments at all school and building sites and properties. L​ong-term, BVSD would also like all purchases to follow best green practices and zero waste at all sites. BVSD is striving to provide healthy foods for all BVSD students.

 


Long-term visions in the area of transportation include having all students busing, walking, biking or carpooling to school and lowering the emissions of BVSD’s fleet through the use of hybrid buses and alternative fuels and efficient busing schedules.

BVSD is striving to have all students literate in sustainability upon graduation, and all staff incorporating sustainability into their positions and practices.

BVSD’s long-term goal concerning climate is to have an 80 percent reduction, or be climate neutral by 2050. Many of the goals and strategies outlined in previous sections affect BVSD’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is why climate is an overarching theme, rather than a stand alone.


BVSD Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

     


Developing BVSD's SMS

The development of a Sustainability Management System (SMS) involved multiple stakeholders both within and beyond our organization. This process included, but was not limited to, the following:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
    • Developing a baseline inventory of district-wide energy and water consumption, solid waste generation and diversion rate, fuel consumption from fleet transportation activities and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Conducting interviews and working with department teams to compile information on existing programs and practices as well as future goals related to sustainability.
    • Developing short and long term visions and goals around sustainability and creating strategies for meeting these goals.
    • Creating a final written deliverable, an SMS document, that conveys the final proposed SMS, including recommendations, an executive summary, introduction/background/approach, a baseline inventory summary, prioritized goals and strategies. The SMS document also includes a section on funding, including potential funding sources such as grants and rebates, as well as a discussion of organizational considerations, including staff members responsible for championing this work.
 

Click here to view a matrix summarizing the goals and strategies described in the SMS.

To learn more about what a sustainability management system is and to stay informed about the district’s progress contact Ghita Carroll.

BVSD would also like to acknowledge the Brendle Group for their exhaustive efforts to facilitate the many diverse groups and to compile our baseline data into this guiding document.

 
 

Please note! We will have an opportunity for input on the draft SMS in early June. Please contact Joe Sleeper for information on how to comment on the draft.  Please take this opportunity to review our work and provide feedback.  Also note, that we are creating a living document, which will be updated annually as we track our progress.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the SMS process, and especially to the following people for their involvement on the advisory committee: John Bollinger, Beth Collins, Mike Cuskelly, Briggs Gamblin, Tim Guiterman (Governor’s Energy Office), Steve Hoban, David Jackson, Bob Jamieson, Ann Livingston (Boulder County), David Martin, Sam Messier, Allison Metz, Sharon Meyer, Dave Newport (CU-Boulder), Don Orr, Bay Roberts (parent and community representative), Joe Sleeper, Judy Skupa, Bill Sutter, Leslie Stafford, David Swanson, Dave Williamson and Bob Young.                                                              

What is BVSD's SMS?
BVSD is engaging in the development of a Sustainability Management System (SMS), with a third party facilitator. This will involve multiple stakeholders both within and beyond our organization.  This process includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Developing a baseline inventory of district-wide energy and water consumption, solid waste generation and diversion rate, fuel consumption from fleet transportation activities and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Conducting interviews and working with department teams to compile information on existing programs and practices as well as future goals related to sustainability.
  • Developing short and long term visions and goals around sustainability and create strategies for meeting these goals.
  • Creating a final written deliverable, an SMS document, that will convey the final proposed SMS, including recommendations, an executive summary, introduction/background/approach, a baseline inventory summary, prioritized goals and strategies. The SMS document will also include a section on funding, including potential funding sources such as grants and rebates, as well as a discussion of organizational considerations, including staff members responsible for championing this work.

In conjunction with the SMS process, and in partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office, BVSD will create specific goals around sustainability for Phase II and Phase III bond projects coupled with a timely edit and update of BVSD’s technical specifications. 

An SMS is a comprehensive approach for identifying and coordinating our existing efforts, defining sustainability for BVSD and creating plans to integrate sustainability into our operations and curriculum.

To learn more about what a sustainability management system is and to stay informed about the district’s progress click here.

Update on BVSD's SMS
The development of BVSD’s first Sustainability Management System (SMS) is in full swing. An SMS is a comprehensive approach for identifying and coordinating our existing efforts, defining sustainability for BVSD, and creating plans to integrate sustainability into our operations and curriculum. Thanks to everyone who has participated to date—we appreciate your thoughts and time.

  • As part of this process, we are holding six group interviews on specific topics, four of which are now complete. The topic interviews include: Maintenance/Operations, Bond/Maintenance, Transportation, Education, IT/Comm/Records/HR and Business Services. 
  • Thanks to grant opportunities through Xcel, we are also conducting energy audits in six buildings. These buildings are: Coal Creek Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Centennial Middle, Boulder High, Nederland Middle/Senior, and the Education Center. These buildings were selected because they represent a range in age and use and the information collected from the audits will help inform the SMS process.
  • Finally, we are working to create an inventory of BVSD’s resource use. We have picked the 2007/2008 FY as our baseline year. We are starting with electricity, natural gas, propane, water, fleet fuels, solid waste and recycling, and will expand to other areas, time permitting. 
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