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Questions regarding Sustainability should be directed to:

Matt Van Deusen
Director of O & M
Cell: 720-618-7249

2806 Highway 85 Building A
Castle Rock, CO 80109


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Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.  The GLOBE Program enables you and your class to engage in a collaborative, scientific exploration of the world around you, collaborating with other teachers and students from around the world. The GLOBE Website provides access to materials to engage your students in science and scientific discovery. The centerpiece of the GLOBE science and education components have traditionally been the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. These components have been divided between the Teaching & Learning and Explore Science tabs. The measurement protocols and associated learning activities exist on the Explore Science tab, while the Implementation Guide, Elementary GLOBE, access to workshops and materials, ways to integrate GLOBE throughout the curriculum, and links to assessment tools and learning standards exist here, on the Teaching & Learning tab.

NEED Project

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation's schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

Green Up Ours Schools

Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs.  Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years and personalized assistance achieving their goals.



Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.

Eco-Schools Green Flag

Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators intergrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.  The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement.  Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth. Eco-Schools currently being implemented in more than 50 countries around the world. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003.

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. The Program offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

Global Explorers – Citizens of the World

Global Explorers is a nonprofit organization with a mission of inspiring responsible global citizenship.  We provide transformative journeys for students and educators, primarily middle and high school.  We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible to people from diverse backgrounds and students with diverse abilities.


Global Explorers recently joined forces with No Barriers USA to create a nonprofit organization that now serves not only students!  The mission of No Barriers USA is to unleash the potential of the human spirit.  By providing transformative experiences that empower people to embrace a “no barriers” mindset, all of our No Barriers programs help people discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world.  To learn more about No Barriers and our other programs, visit


Igniting Creative Engergy (ICE)

Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) is a student contest promoting creativity and environmental stewardship. ICE is unique in the realm of student contests due to a commitment to allowing rather than restricting. Entries in the contest range from poetry, videos, essays, 3D models, games to anything else a student may be able to imagine and create. ICE is advantageous for both students and teachers alike. Teachers are easily able to adapt the contest to fit with core curriculum and students have no problem making it exciting within the flexible parameters.

We Can Change The World

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Beginning August 13, 2013 through March 4, 2014, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

Healthy Schools Champions

Healthy School Champions recognizes and rewards schools that are healthy. The Score Card helps identify those schools that are implementing the Coordinated School Health Model and its eight components, to ensure the connection between health and learning is present and thriving.