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DGS - Healthy Schools

DGS DC Healthy Schools logo

Under the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010, DGS is responsible for a variety of activities designed to ensure that schools are healthy, safe places to learn. These include programs on recycling and composting, energy reduction, drinking water testing, indoor air quality, and integrated pest management.

For more information, please contact Beth Gingold, Schools Conservation Coordinator, Department of General Services - Sustainability and Energy Division.


DCPS Recycles! Celebrates Success Stories from 2014-2015

DCPS Recycles! is proud to present just a few of the highlights of the 2014-2015 school year! See some of our great DCPS recyclers in action in More Photos.

Congratulations to the 52 schools that have made the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2015! Honorees are DCPS schools have shown enthusiasm for, and excellence in, recycling. Special congratulations to the 37 schools that successfully launched organics recycling this year, and in particular to the newest additions to the organics champions list: Barnard Elementary School (Ward 4), Hart Middle School (Ward 8), Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8), Leckie Elementary School (Ward 8), Payne Elementary School (Ward 6), School Within School @ Goding (Ward 6) and Shepherd Elementary School (Ward 4).

For next year, thanks to the 70 schools that have opted in to organics recycling for next year – please review the updated organics hauling services schedule.

For ALL schools, for SY2015-2016, look out for upcoming resources on improving your paper recycling and on REDUCING waste!

Join the Sustainability Corps

Cafeteria sorting station set up in J.O. Wilson Elementary School

The District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) teachers are invited to join a group of interdisciplinary DCPS educators who will work with the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Office of Teaching and Learning to develop curriculum that will engage students in solving real-world sustainability problems facing their school.


DCPS Schools - Recycling News for the New Year!

Cafeteria sorting station set up in J.O. Wilson Elementary School

DCPS Schools: Congratulations for all of the progress you have made in your recycling programs. In the new year, here are some actions you can take to keep up the great work:

DCPS Schools – Sprint to Savings Results Announced!

Congratulations to the 26 DCPS schools that participated in this year’s Sprint to Savings energy competition! 

Together participating schools reduced energy consumption by 170,000 kilo-watt hours over the 5-week competition period. That is enough energy to power 17 homes for a year, and equivalent to nearly 260,000 pounds of avoided carbon emissions

Langley Elementary School reduced energy consumption by a remarkable 36%! As the winning school, Langley will receive $50,000 to be dedicated to further reducing energy consumption. Payne Elementary School was recognized as Most Efficient, and Maury Elementary School won the Creativity and Innovation award.

The Sprint to Savings is a partnership between the DC Government, US Green Building Council National Capital Region Chapter and non-governmental partners, such as the  DC Sustainable Energy Utility.

Visit the Sprint to Savings website to learn more about the competition and see the full results.

Energy Resources

Recycling Resources

Past Announcements