We are a community of teachers, staff, caregivers 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.
Highlights of our Sustainability and Climate Action Initiatives
Lunchroom Composting and Recycling in Our Schools
We are proud to be composting and recycling in our D65 school lunchrooms! Thank you to our lunchroom supervisors, custodians, nutrition services, teachers, school leaders, staff and our D65 climate action teams, who collectively make this a daily experience for our D65 students. Together, we’re doing our part to create a healthy planet!
End of School Classroom and Locker Clean Out
D65 hosted a 2023 End of School Clean Out from May 8 - June 9, 2023. Our D65 schools mobilized to gather leftover school supplies from classrooms and lockers that would typically go to the landfill. We encouraged sharing and reuse within our schools and D65 Families! Created 3 School Supply Swap Closets at Haven, Dawes & Lincolnwood. Remaining items were donated to Art Makers Outpost, SCARCE, Books4Cause, Better World Books and Goodwill.
Earth Month Activities
In 2023, our students participated in a variety of Earth Month activities including classroom engagement, school climate action projects and the 10 Second Film Festival. Exciting plans are underway for our 2024 Earth Month!
Planting Trees and Native Plants on School Grounds
Our climate action and garden teams across the district have been busy planting new trees and native plants on our school grounds. It’s exciting to see our gardens growing and native plantings blooming!
D65 and City of Evanston Recycling Art Design Competition
In honor of America Recycles Day, the City of Evanston and District 65 ask middle schoolers to create a recycling truck art design to be displayed on a City of Evanston recycling truck. Congrats to Isabel M a 7th Grader at Chute Middle School who was named the winning illustrator in 2023 and Zeynep, an 8th Grader at Chute Middle School in 2022!
Gardening at Schools across the District
Gardens at our schools across the district are growing beautiful local food. It's an exciting opportunity to get our students into the garden to learn and discover hands-on where are food comes from.
Intervention Convention at Nichols
Our 6th graders at Nichols Middle School completed a 2+ month invention challenge to develop climate solutions aligned with the City of Evanston's Climate Action and Resilience Plan.