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  • 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. 

  • Real-Time Energy and Solar Data for BVSD Schools!  BVSD is thrilled to announce our new dashboard, which has real-time energy data for all BVSD schools (with a few exceptions) and live solar data for BVSD schools with solar! Click on your school, and see how it compares to previous time periods and other schools. Contact the Office of Sustainability to set up a training or if you would like lesson plans relating to the dashboard. 

​Energy Dashboard

  • The Bond Program will move BVSD toward our ambitious energy goals by constructing four new Zero Net Energy Buildings (buildings that produce as much energy as they consume) and improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings.  BVSD’s Sustainable Energy Plan (SEP), created in 2013 and incorporated into the 2015 update of the Sustainability Management System (SMS), establishes ambitious goals for reducing energy use and controlling costs long term. The goals established in the SEP calls for reducing our Energy Use Intensity (EUI) 20 percent by FY 2019 and to less than or equal to 30 by 2050. In 2013, BVSD’s average EUI was 65. Check out the results of the Deep Energy Retrofit Workshop here.

  • Check out the Sustainability Management System  The Sustainability Management System (SMS) is a mechanism to holistically coordinate existing efforts and define a vision and goals around sustainability at the District level. It was created through a series of interviews with key staff and community members and utility data collection.
  • Congratulations to Shared Energy Savings winner Heatherwood Elementary - again!

    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.

    Sign up today!

    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.

    This year, each school's progress toward reducing energy use was tracked on the Energy Challenge Dashboard. Check out more information about the Shared Energy Savings program.
  • Check out the Eco-Champions Each year the Superintendent's honor roll recognizes BVSD Eco-Champions--staff, parents, and students working to encourage sustainability in the district and the community!
Sustainability Management System
The Boulder Valley School District is building on 20 plus years of environmental stewardship and embracing environmental sustainability at a new level. The district hired a Sustainability Coordinator in the summer of 2008 and created a Sustainability Management System in the 2008/2009 school year. In doing this, BVSD is better coordinating existing efforts, as well as defining goals and visions around sustainability at a district level for the first time.​
BV​SD is striving toward net zero energy* buildings with 100 percent reuse of indoor water and no potable water used for irrigation.​

    BVSD is s​triving for non-toxic environments at all school and building sites and properties. L​ong-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.


    Long-term visions in the area of transportation include having all students busing, walking, biking or carpooling to school and lowering the emissions of BVSD’s fleet through the use of hybrid buses and alternative fuels and efficient busing schedules.

    BVSD is striving to have all students literate in sustainability upon graduation, and all staff incorporating sustainability into their positions and practices.

    BVSD’s long-term goal concerning climate is to have an 80 percent reduction, or be climate neutral by 2050. Many of the goals and strategies outlined in previous sections affect BVSD’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is why climate is an overarching theme, rather than a stand alone.