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Sustainability

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - Native American Proverb

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.

23-24 School Year: D65 Sustainability Focus Areas

22-23 School Year: D65 Sustainability Positive Impact

 

Highlights of our Sustainability and Climate Action Initiatives

Lunchroom Composting

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!

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End of School Classroom and Locker Clean Out

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.

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Earth Month Activities

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!

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School Recycling

School Recycling

D65 is leading a district wide project to improve and increase recycling in all our schools.

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D65 Parent University Sustainability Series

D65 Parent University: Sustainability Series

In the Fall 2023, D65 hosted a 3-part sustainability series for caregivers to learn more about the District's sustainability efforts.

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 Planting Trees and Native Plants on School Grounds

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!

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LED Lighting

LED Lighting Upgrades

LED Lighting upgrades and retrofittings are were completed in all D65 schools in the summer of 2022 and 2023.

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Isabel Morales

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!

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Climate Clubs

Climate Clubs

Our Climate Clubs are engaging students in a few of our D65 schools, click the link to learn more!

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School Gardens

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.

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Electric School Bus

Electric School Bus

Our Climate Clubs are engaging students in a few of our D65 schools, click the link above to learn more!

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Nichols Invention Convention

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.

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