Sustainability Management System
The Boulder Valley School District is building on three decades of environmental stewardship and continues to embrace and integrate environmental sustainability. The district hired a Sustainability Coordinator in the summer of 2008 and launched its first version of the Sustainability Management System (SMS) 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.
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.
In 2015, BVSD released the updated Sustainability Management System to reflect new 5-year goals and updated visions. BVSD will be updating the plan and celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this work this year!
BVSD will create healthy built environments for learning that strive for net zero energy and towards comprehensive integration of green principles.
Sustainable Energy Programs2015 SMS report Buildings (page 13) Green building in BVSD
Live Energy Data for BVSD Schools!Building for Student Success (bond program)
BVSD will be a national leader in sustainability practices related to the full lifecycle of materials, including procurement, food and zero waste practices, that preserve resources and support healthy environments for occupants at all BVSD properties.
2015 SMS Report on 5-year goals related to Materials Flows (page 16)Zero waste and Green Star schools
Green Purchasing Guide
The BVSD community of students, staff, and parents will demonstrate leadership in sustainable transportation by reducing its collective vehicle emissions, decreasing school zone traffic congestion, increasing fleet operational efficiencies, and choosing safe and healthy transportation options to access schools and related activities.
BVSD is striving to have all students literate in sustainability upon graduation, and all staff incorporating sustainability into their positions and practices.
BVSD defines sustainability-literate graduates as:
- Recognizes and understands the dynamic interconnections and interdependency of ecological, economic, and social systems.
- Possesses knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate the potential positive and negative consequences of personal and collective actions on the natural and human environment.
- Uses this knowledge to make conscious choices and create solutions which support a healthy and vibrant life for present and future generations.
We partner with many organizations in the community that offer environmental sustainability programming in our district.
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 used a power purchase agreement to install solar photovoltaic systems on 14 schools
- BVSD's power purchase agreement is a featured case study in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's "Financing Energy Upgrades for K-12 School Districts," (p. 45) a guide to tapping into funding for renewable energy improvement in schools.