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Poudre School District National Leader in Sustainability

Already a nationally recognized leader in energy conservation and green building, Poudre School District continues to be a pioneer in its progress toward broader goals of sustainability. Since 2001, PSD has received a growing list of awards and accolades. In the last few years, PSD has gained particular recognition for its Sustainability Management System, the first known SMS for a K–12 school district in the United States.

Following are a few examples from the Districtís recently released 2007 Annual Sustainability Report.

In 2007, the District:

  • Received 19 Energy Star awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, highlighting PSD’s continued leadership in energy efficiency.
  • Reduced the solid waste it generated by 66–percent compared to the previous reporting period.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent district–wide.
  • Recycled more than 300 tons of material.
  • Retrofitted 58 buses with new technology reduced pollution from some of the District’s highest performing buses by up to 95 percent.

During 2008, the District continues its efforts to make progress toward zero waste; streamlined operations; and increased recycling efforts. Currently sited, the District:

  • Received a Climate Wise Platinum-level member award at the City of Fort Collins’ annual EnvirOvation celebration in April.
  • Expects annual energy savings of $50,000 through District–wide automatic computer shutdowns.
  • Continues to seek new opportunities to reduce its environmental impacts; adopt new technologies for increasing efficiency; explore ways to better engage students and staff in learning and action for sustainability; and reach out to its many valuable community partners.