Sustainability News Throughout St. Vrain Valley School District and Beyond!
Red Hawk Elementary named Green Ribbon Schools by U.S. Department of Education

Green Ribbon awards recognize districts and schools for exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach effective environmental education, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Red Hawk, one of two recognized in Colorado this year, was chosen for its "extremely low energy and water use, outstanding natural daylighting techniques, healthy regional and recycled-content materials and exceptional integration of sustainable principles into its existing academic curriculum."

Read the SVVSD press release HERE. The Times Call article HERE.

The application process can be found HERE. For Red Hawk's full application, please visit HERE

Operation: Water Festival

14th Annual Longmont Children's Water Festival
Monday, May 13, 2013 for 5th grade students
at the Plaza Conference Center at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont

Learn how to protect and conserve our water 

Discover water safety awareness 

Explore the Saint Vrain Creek watershed and its geology 

Encounter diverse plants & animals that rely on water for survival   

See the Mad Scientist’s fascinating science demonstrations

Compete against other schools in the Water Wizard trivia contest

Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet
Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet, a STEM partnership between IBM Boulder, St. Vrain Schools, CU-Teach (Boulder), and Skyline High School STEM students, is in its third summer.  This unique and high-profile learning and teaching experience integrates STEM-based practices, including the Design Thinking Process and inquiry based learning, as well as encouraging students to take action regarding their learning.    

Also, a video (created by Jamie Steele, counselor at Frederick Elementary) showcasing the Elementary Innovation Academy program can be viewed here. Jamie also created a video of a recent Design Thinking training for STEM educators, which you can view. I've included a link to the design thinking process, as described for Spark! Discovery Preschool (opening next year at Frederick El).

Water-Wise Landscape Seminars (free & open to the public)

Brought to you by the Center for Resource Conservation


Wednesday, April 17th, 6-8pm 

Bill Melvin, EcoScape Environmental Designs Longmont Senior Center 

910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 

This seminar will show you how to incorportate edible plants into a water-wise landscape. 


Monday, April 22nd, 6-8pm 

Mikl Brawner, Harlequin’s Garden’s Longmont Senior Center 

910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO Learn what plants are hardy in drought conditions and how to care for them so you get the best results in beautifing your yard and saving water 

Garden in a Box

ReImagine Your Landscape

Our products are intended to simplify water-wise gardening by providing professional “plant-by-number” designs, a selection of xeriscape plants, and planting and care instructions all below retail costs. Each year CRC sells a variety of Garden-In-A-Box kits as well as other products and services designed to promote water-efficient gardening and landscaping.

All proceeds from garden and plant purchases directly support the Center for Resource Conservation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 dedicated to empowering our community to conserve natural resources.

Link to the CRC Garden-In-A-Box Store

Slow the Flow Colorado Sprinkler Inspection Program

Slow the Flow

Slow the Flow Colorado is a free sprinkler inspection program available primarily to residents of participating Colorado water providers. In some jurisdictions HOAs and commercial properties are also eligible. The sprinkler inspections – also known as irrigation audits – are conducted by trained water auditors.
Call (303) 999-3820 x217

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From Our Lands To Your Hands Expo

"From Our Lands To Your Hands" Expo 
Fourth Annual Event will be held 
February 20 and 21st, 2013

On February 2, 2012, 545 students from seven local schools filled the Exhibit Building on the Boulder County Fairgrounds to attend the From Our Lands to Your Hands Expo for the third annual event. The event is organized by the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation Districts, as well as the Natural Resources Conservation Service Longmont Office, Boulder County Farm Service Agency, CSU Extension Boulder County and Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

36 different presenters were on hand to teach the students the immense importance of agriculture and conservation in their daily lives through hands-on activities. FFA students and Boulder County Naturalist volunteers led the students through the presentations. 

Here is just a sample of what students had to say about attending :
“I learned that everything and every person is a part of agriculture”
“That our food, clothes, and sport equipment all come from agriculture”

In 2013, we expect 750 students to attend "From Our Lands to Your Hands."