Sustainable Duluth Public Schools...
"The eco-mission of Duluth Public Schools is to cultivate in our students and employees the respect, wisdom, values and aptitude needed for ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable."
Purchasing: …only non-toxic, petro-chemical-free, eco-friendly products from environmentally aware, local businesses…
*Order only recycled paper and Energy Star electronics and appliances
*Rather than lowest price, consider product's life span, i.e. energy use, maintenance, consumable supplies, & disposal cost
*Prefer vendors that take-back, recycle, and dispose of products after their useful life
*Eliminate ordering single use items, all unrecyclable or non-reusable plastic, and Styrofoam products
Water Resources: …minimizing waste-water, pollution & utility costs…
*Use outdoor rain gardens and ponds (NWF, National Certified Wildlife Partnership).
*Use containment systems to capture rain water for watering vegetation on school grounds.
Activities: …co-curricular & extra-curricular events can be green…
*Half-time or assembly contests, & PSAs by PA announcers, during games & activities, to create enthusiasm for the district sustainability program.
*Eco-conscious alternatives for team purchases i.e. organic cotton or recycled content uniforms.
Transportation: …efficient & energy-conscious district travel, including biking & walking to school.
*Replace district vehicle fleet with most carbon neutral modes of transportation available.
*Provide incentives to choose energy efficient, alternative transportation (i.e. preferred, designated parking for hybrid, electric, bio-diesel, scooters, etc.).
Curriculum: …to understand contemporary sustainable practices, current resource use & our impact in the ecosystem using hands-on activities...
*As renewable energy systems are installed in schools, software collects data on energy gain for student lessons.
*Students engage in activities re: closing the resource loop, constructing renewable energy technologies & understanding how they create power to do work
Food Service: …healthy, nutritious and environmentally aware…
*Produce own food from district and on-site gardens.
*Compost food waste.
*Use reusable trays, dishes, utensils and napkins.
Buildings/Energy: … energy efficient buildings featuring solar gain, high efficiency windows, recycled heat, pristine air, natural grounds…
*Certified Wildlife Habitat sites on school grounds with learning stations.
*Green roof or planter options reduce runoff and increase cooling capacity.
Maintenance: …working with the environment…
*Safe, natural cleaning chemicals and/or ionized water sprayers.
*Eliminate any fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides that nature does not recognize