D51 recognized as Environmental Leader

D51 recognized as Environmental Leader
Posted on 09/04/2020

School District 51 has been officially recognized as a Gold Leader in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program. The program recognizes organizations around the state that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement. The program has three tiers of recognition: gold, silver, and bronze.

School District 51 initially applied for program membership in 2017, and was awarded the Gold Level for a metal recycling project led by students at Mt. Garfield and Redlands middle schools. Since then, D51 has been recognized for efforts in chemical waste management, energy conservation, environmental and recycling projects, and ensuring schools are healthy and safe places to learn. The Gold Level was renewed in August 2020 and is valid for another three years, making School District 51 only one of three Colorado school districts with the distinction.

Gold Leaders are organizations with fully operational, facility-specific Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and must meet beyond-compliance requirements and have no serious violations in three years (five years for criminal offenses).


Learn more at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/environmental-leadership-program

or https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/elp/gold/mesa-county-school-district-51

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