Mary Pettigrew & Regner Trampedach, parent volunteers - greenBVSD ChampionsWorked tirelessly to promote alternative transportation at Bear Creek Elementary School
Micah Parkin & Curry Rosato, parent volunteers, Guillermo Medina, Columbine Principal - greenBVSD ChampionsProvided steadfast leadership for the Columbine Elementary PTA to raise almost $30,000 to buy the greenhouse for the school's gardent-to-table program
Nominated by BVSD School Nurse Consultant Kristina Hyde, who noted the following ways in which this project supports sustainability initiatives:
Education• The greenhouse provides an opportunity for hands-on learning in subjects such as math, art and science. There will also be an emphasis on health, nutrition, and environmental consciousness. • Encourages kids to come together as a school community - working to build dome, create beds, stock pond, plant seeds, tend soil, and harvest fruits and vegetables. There will be themed gardens which celebrate different cultures (i.e. salsa garden, pizza garden, African garden, Asian garden, and Native American Three-Sisters garden). • Provides year-round school garden programming opportunities.
Material Flows• The PTA partnered with the several organizations to fund and construct the Growing Dome. Each of these organizations has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability. • A team of approximately 30 parents and community members spent four (snowy) days in March constructing the Growing Dome.
Buildings• The Growing Dome is "Off the Grid" with automatic vents for cooling, solar-powered fans, and LED motion sensor lighting.• Large above ground pond captures heat from sun, acting as a battery to keep greenhouse warm overnight and regulating heat on hot days.