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Ghita Carroll

Sustainability and Energy Officer
Sustainability and Energy Officer

Zero Waste and Green Star Schools

BVSD contracts with local company Eco-Cycle​ to provide waste reduction education programming in all schools as well as collection of recyclable and compostable materials. 

Eco-Cycle also supports the Green Star Program in 44 BVSD schools. Green Star Schools strive toward zero waste by implementing composting in the cafeteria, increasing recycling efforts, hosting special events around waste reduction and implementing other waste reduction activities in the schools. According to Eco-Cycle, “Green Star Schools are the first in the nation to reduce waste in every aspect of school life. As a result of implementing the program, up to two-thirds of the discards from each Green Star School is kept out of landfills.”

Food Services also has taken great measures to reduce waste. According to Eco-Cycle, participation and enthusiasm for these programs has grown over the past several years. Eco-Cycle believes the amount of recycling collected has decreased because schools are decreasing paper use, and doing a better job of reuse. Composting continues to increase as we add composting programming and collections through the Green Star School program.​

Check out Ecocyle's Green Star Schools webpage.


BVSD's Green Star Schools

Alicia Sanchez International School
Angevine Middle School
Arapahoe Campus
Bear Creek Elementary
Boulder Community School for Integrated Studies (BCSIS)
Boulder High
Casey Middle School
Centaurus High
Centennial Middle School​​
Coal Creek Elementary School​
Columbine Elementary
Community Montessori
Creekside Elementary
Crest View Elementary
Douglass Elementary 
Eisenhower Elementary
Eldorado PK-8
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer​
Fairview High
Fireside Elementary
Flatirons Elementary
Foothill Elementary

Gold Hill Elementary School​​​​
Heatherwood Elementary
High Peaks Elementary
Horizons K-8 School
Jamestown Elementary
Lafayette Elementary School 
Louisville Elementary
Louisville Middle School
Manhattan School of Arts and Academics
Mapleton Early Childhood Center
Mesa Elementary
Monarch K-8
Nederland Elementary
Nederland Middle/Sr.
New Vista High School
Platt Middle School
Ryan Elementary School 
Southern Hills Middle School 
Summit Middle School
Superior Elementary
University Hill Elementary School
Whittier Elementary ​