Five Colorado Schools win PLT GreenSchools Grants

Congratulations!!!  Five Colorado Schools and Youth Programs with $1000 GreenWorks Grants in 2014! 

 Sustainable Revolution Longmont’s objective is to create a youth-led, youth-focused, activity-centered Earth Day event on April 22, 2015. It is our belief that the energy, enthusiasm and ideas of the younger generation are critical in the success of a sustainability movement. The 1st Annual Boulder County Youth Earth Day’s mission is to provide a fun, engaging youth-centered event with an opportunity for participants to host booths for demonstration and information, and space for art and music. We will offer a forum to support passionate youth environmental leaders by providing them a way to teach and inspire the entire community. In addition, our event will serve to develop a network of organizations, individuals, and groups who share a common goal of establishing and building a more sustainable approach to living in Boulder County. Students are welcome to show their projects and Green Efforts at this event. Contact Joan Gregerson <> to reserve a free booth.

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a 123-acre wildlife refuge and environmental education center in Denver. Two blocks away, in our watershed, is Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS), a new school with students from neighborhoods with mixed demographic and income profiles. Our project will involve water quality monitoring by students and an adult-facilitated analysis of several options for site restoration work that would improve water quality in Sand Creek, which flows through BLNC. Students from IBCS already visit BLNC to learn environmental science; this project will build on that analysis by actually implementing a restoration project based on monitoring results analysis.

Durango High School has an outdoor greenhouse that is currently unusable. We would like to convert this greenhouse to solar thermal, thus making it useable year round. We will use it in agriculture classes for research, and would like to grow food for our in-house Farm-to-School program. With the solar thermal system, we should be able to raise greens, and vegetables to supply our cafeteria year round.

ReTree Steamboat’s goal is to plant site-specific native species that will help increase the diversity, structure, health and resilience of Routt County’s forests. We also strive to connect the entire community, especially youth, to their local forests. Through the service learning component of the event, we will engage 200 school-age children to plant, water and monitor the newly-planted trees—not only increasing the survival rate of the seedlings but also deepening the understanding, enjoyment, and commitment of youth to the forests that surround them in the Yampa Valley.

Ralston Elementary School- An area with ponderosa pines next to the school has been under-utilized and is in need of beautification. Teachers occasionally bring students out to sit on the sandy ground for classes, and students often run around the area or climb on its rocks while waiting to be picked up. We would like to enhance the site by adding benches for an outdoor classroom in one section, and adding “natural” play structures in another section – made of beetle-kill pine wood. We also plan to plant wildflowers around the perimeter, and to hang bird feeders to improve the habitat for birds.