Check Out this Y on Earth podcast about Stewardship and Sustainability Dr. Ghita Carroll, Sustainability Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado, discusses the myriad ways Schools and School Districts can get "straight A's" on their Green Report Cards - and have fun doing so!
This poster provides a brief overview of BVSD's green building work, shared savings program and GHG inventory.
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Congratulations to the 16 participating schools in last year’s greenBVSD Shared Energy Savings Program.
Participating schools reduced energy use over the course of the year by an average of 4.7 percent and 457,000 kWh! Each of the schools that reduced more than 5 percent and met the remaining program requirements will receive a portion of that savings back to the school to use as the school sees fit.
All participating schools will receive a certificate and the winning school, Heatherwood Elementary, will receive the traveling trophy. Four schools (listed below) will receive money back to the school for completing all of the program requirements. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Heatherwood Elementary is the first school to win the top prize and traveling trophy two years in a row! The school reduced energy last year by 11.2 percent. At Heatherwood, the TAG students used the Shared Energy Savings program as a project to connect energy with school usage. To educate the school, the team of students created an energy savings week. They created daily announcements, which were read by students, and provided information on how to save energy. Heatherwood staff connected the energy week with spirit days, to engage the entire community. Since the Shared Energy Plan was introduced to Heatherwood, the hallway lights are constantly turned off by students.
Schools receiving a monetary reward*
Heatherwood Elementary (11.2 percent)
Columbine Elementary (8.8 percent)
Sanchez Elementary (7.1 percent)
Birch Elementary (5.5 percent)
*These schools reduced by 5 percent or more and completed all of the program requirements.
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Sign up for this year's competition! The deadline for registration is Oct. 30.
Would you like the opportunity to win thousands of dollars for your school, while engaging students in a real-world learning, hands-on integrative experience? The Shared savings program may be a great fit for your school.
- Start by checking school whether your school is eligible.
- A school administrator must register by November 1 via the online Google form.
- The school must designate an adult Energy Champion.
- The school must create an Energy Team.
- The Energy Team must evaluate the school's current energy practices.
- The Energy Team must commit the school to at least three energy-saving actions.
- The Energy Team must educate the school community.
More information is available on the BVSDenergy website.
BVSD is striving for non-toxic environments at all school and building sites and properties. Long-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.