Sustainability

  • We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - Native American ProverbWe are a community of parents, teachers, staff, and community members focused on building a brighter, healthier, more equitable future for our children. We are a community daring to dream and working together to heal and restore our planet through local action across our school district. We are educating and engaging our students as future leaders on ways they can champion climate action in our community. We acknowledge the interconnectedness of climate action, equity, and justice and welcome all community voices so that together we can build a better future.

    D65 Sustainability Focus: 22-23 School Year

    D65 Guidance for Climate Action at Schools: 22-23 School Year Sustainability Focus

  • Highlights of our Sustainability and Climate Action Initiatives

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      Meet Our Sustainability Coordinator

      • Karen BiretaKaren Bireta joined in May 2022 as the District’s first sustainability coordinator. She’s an Oakton parent, active in Evanston’s sustainability circles and excited to continue building our sustainability community in District 65 focusing on opportunities to heal & restore our planet.

        Karen discovered her interest in the environment started while attending an Earth Day event in 5th grade. She’s a chemical and environmental engineer, bringing 15+ years of environmental and sustainability experience to the district.

        Karen loves walking by the Lake, gardening, yoga and family bike rides. She lives in Evanston with her husband, son, baby betta fish and freshwater snail.

        If you’re interested in joining our sustainability efforts, contact Karen at biretak@district65.net.

      Get Involved!

      • Join our Climate Action Community!

        We welcome all who are interested in learning more and helping us create a healthier, more sustainable and equitable future for our children.

        “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” ~ Ryunosuke Satoro

        D65 Sustainability Focus: 22-23 School Year

        D65 Guidance for Climate Action at Schools: 22-23 School Year Sustainability Focus

        Ways you can help:

        • Join your school’s climate action team
        • Join your school’s garden team and participate in workdays
        • Start a climate club at your school
        • Plant new trees and native plants at your school
        • Volunteer to help with the 10 Second Film Festival for Earth Month
        • Join our Climate Action Community across D65

        We are embarking on the development of a strategic plan starting the 2022-2023 school year, welcome inclusive community voices to help us develop a holistic and restorative plan reflective of our beautifully diverse school community.

        Ready to get involved? Connect with us!

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