Home > Greening BVSD  
greenBVSDnewhomepage
​​Current events and popular links
 
  • Real Time Energy and Solar Data for BVSD Schools!
    ​​BVSD is thrilled to ann​ounce 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 Challenge 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 S​ustainable Energy Plan (SEP), created in 2013 and incorporated into the 2014 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 call 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. 

We held a Deep Energy Retrofit Workshop last summer. See here​ for a summary of results.
  • Check out the updated 2015 Sustainability Management System In 2009, BVSD developed its first Sustainability Management System (SMS), a mechanism to holistically coordinate existing efforts and define a vision and goals around sustainability at the District level. We have met or exceeded most of our 5-year goals, and through a series of interviews with key staff and community members and utility data collection, we have updated the plan and created new 5-year goals. "Thank you" to those of you who reviewed the draft plan and offered feedback.  Check out the updated SMS here.​
  • Congratulations to Energy Challenge winner Eisenhower Elementary! Winners in other categories include Lafayette Elementary, Boulder High School, Boulder Prep and Pioneer Elementary. Ten schools and the Ed Center participated in the 2014/15 Energy Challenge! ALL of the participants reduced energy use in February! Participating schools saved more than 70,000 kWh in one month and several thousand dollars. This year, each school's progress toward reducing energy use was tracked on the Energy Challenge Dashboard. Check out past winners on the Energy Challenge webpage.
 
  • 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! Check out past winners here​.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​
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.