The work in the Educational Facilities Master Plan provides significant opportunity to advance the district toward our sustainability goals through the design and operation of our school buildings.
“The Boulder Valley School District is committed to becoming a leader in environmental sustainability by creating healthy learning environments while providing students with the skills to address the systemic challenges faced by the world in this new century.”
- BVSD Sustainability Management System
Board of Education Environmental Sustainability Policy
In January 2010, the Boulder Valley Board of Education passed a policy in support of sustainability efforts and the Sustainability Management System.
In May 2009, BVSD adopted a resolution supporting environmental sustainability, jointly created with City of Boulder, University of Colorado at Boulder and Boulder County.
These four organizations are committing to prioritize collaborative efforts in the following areas:
- Creation of a workforce available for green jobs through career and technical education training, and teaching and internship opportunities;
- Greenhouse gas emissions reductions and climate change adaptation planning, including unified carbon tracking and reporting;
- Identification of large-scale renewable energy opportunities;
- Pursuance of initiatives in furtherance of zero waste goals; and
- Exploration of joint funding opportunities to further implementation of all of the above.
The Energy Dashboard shows realtime energy use for schools which can be used for lessons or for schools to track energy use.
The Sustainability Management System puts policy into action by setting five-year goals for performance in four areas: Transportation, Buildings, Materials Flows, and Education. These four areas are joined with cross-cutting themes of Climate and Health.