District earns scholarship from Center for Green Schools

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

Five Star Schools is one of five districts nationally to receive scholarship

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has been chosen by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of only five districts nationally and the only district in the state of Colorado to receive a School District Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. 

“Being selected as a recipient of the USGBC Center for Green Schools School District Scholarship, is a great opportunity to gain recognition for the hard work that is happening in our district each day," said Shannon Oliver, assistant director of energy and sustainability. "The national network of other scholars means that the Five Star District will gain a greater understanding of successes and barriers other districts are facing in every area of whole school sustainability, as well as to share some of our lessons learned.”   

Green schools can significantly lower district operating costs, putting money back into classrooms. And studies have repeatedly demonstrated that improving specific aspects of a student’s classroom environment like daylight, air quality and noise levels leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed and more. The School District Scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for changes system wide and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation.

The Five Star District is already a leader in the movement to make our school buildings more sustainable, and to educate our children to embrace the principles and practices of sustainability. By receiving this scholarship, the district can continue the work towards whole school sustainability with ongoing support from the Center for Green Schools over the course of the next year and through connections and resource-sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.

Members of the district sustainability team will also participate in the School Sustainability Leaders Summit, an annual event that convenes staff responsible for sustainability programs from school districts large and small, giving them direct access to Resource Conservation Managers, Energy Managers, Facilities Directors and other industry experts. Scholarship recipients are also provided ongoing professional development support and direct access to the nation’s leading green schools experts throughout the year.

In order to broaden the impact of the scholarship in the selected school districts, teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take USGBC’s Green Classroom Professional certificate course and will be granted free access to sustainability curriculum through Learning Lab.

The scholarship for Adams 12 Five Star Schools is funded through the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. More information about the Scholarship program can be viewed at centerforgreenschools.org.

As part of the 2016 Bond Program, Five Star Schools is designing new buildings and renovations using standards from the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified Leader program. The CHPS program is a leading national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools. The goals of CHPS is to fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to: protect student and staff health, and enhance the learning environments of school children everywhere; conserve energy, water, and other natural resources and reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation. Upon completion, Thunder Vista P-8, under construction in Broomfield, is slated to become the first school in the Denver Metro Area certified under the CHPS program.