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DGS - Healthy Schools

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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.

Announcements


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.
 

Congratulaions to the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2015!

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

Happy Earth Day and Congratulations to the forty-eight schools that have made the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2015. These DCPS school have shown enthusiasm for, and excellence in, recycling. Twenty-one schools are honored with distinction for their exceptionally high performace in implementing organics recycling in their kitchens and cafeterias, while maintaining consistent paper recycling in classrooms and offices. 

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.


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