Denver Public Schools, CO, Sustainability Management Plan 2012

Funded with a grant from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, this Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) has been developed to take stock of DPS’s progress toward sustainability to date and create a cohesive plan for the District to effectively manage energy, resource use, waste production, and other practices to reduce impacts and generate cost savings while also supporting students, teachers, and staff. The overall purpose of this SMP is to create a road map of sustainability for DPS and to provide an overall framework for sustainability that includes key goals, strategies, and actions to support sustainability in District facilities, operations, and curriculum. The remainder of this SMP provides an overview of the development process, a snapshot of the District’s current sustainability practices, and a framework for action to further sustainability in the District. The goals and strategies identified in the SMP have been developed around five focus areas identified by District staff and key community stakeholders:

• Conserve Resources: Energy, Water, Climate, and Green Building

• Close Loops: Waste and Procurement

• Use Land Wisely and for Multiple Benefits

• Prepare Students for the Future

• Support Employees

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