The 2016/2017 DPSCD Go Green Challenge is here!
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The DPSCD Go Green Challenge (GGC) is a youth-driven sustainability competition among district schools that engages students in STEM projects designed to make their homes, schools, and communities more sustainable – for everyone. The program is free and open to any DPSCD school, grades K-12.
The GGC was launched in Fall 2012 as a voluntary opportunity for schools to reduce their energy costs and share in the savings. Last year 47 schools completed over 800 greening projects – saving DPS $300,000 in utility costs and earning $30,000 in awards and prizes for schools. Over 4 years the program has saved over $1,500,000 and awarded $105,000 back to schools. Recognizing that going green is more than just energy conservation, this year the DPSCD Go Green Challenge continues to include projects on water conservation, recycling, and gardening. As a result, the program has provided a platform for teachers to engage their students in STEM projects that empower students and unlock their leadership potential!
In this challenge, school green teams compete against one another to complete a number of sustainability projects and guided discovery activities. These projects and activities are set across multiple topic areas – including recycling, energy and water usage, and nutrition. Groups receive points for each project they complete and schools with the most points win cash prizes for their teams! See the different stages below and click to learn more information!
High School Capstone Challenge
In this challenge, students take the lead in developing a community-based sustainability project. Over the course of their project, students will:
- Investigate the wide-ranging concepts of sustainability and social justice
- Learn about the inquiry and project development process
- Engage and empower their community
- Highlight their work among other students and community members
My parents are talking about their kid’s obsession for separating recycling materials and saving energy by turning off lights. – DPS Teacher
Our students are more careful to recycle paper in halls and powering down electric items after usage. Staff have commented on how responsible and reliable the students are who participate in the program. – DPS Teacher
We want students to think before they throw something away – or even when buying something. We want them to make a habit of turning off lights and not leaving the water running. We want students to plant, nurture and harvest healthy foods. – DPS Teacher