Students Drive Sustainable Change in Denver Public Schools

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Executive Director of Sustainability at DPS LeeAnn Kittle Uncovers the Drivers of Action at the Organisation and how Students Deliver new Climate Policy

The climate crisis isn’t just a concern for adults. It becomes apparent as we learn more about the students of Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the impacts they can facilitate at such an early stage of their lives. While DPS aims to influence all of its students, the organisation cannot take credit for the sheer determination of its young people to build a better world. With the foundational sentiments in place, students of the state now gain unwavering support to carry their sustainability initiatives into the corporate world. 

DPS’ story is about changing the narrative from one of climate crisis to bold action, innovation, and accountability—giving students ‘a seat at the table’ to showcase their ability to achieve even more in the realm of sustainability.  “We must move beyond feeling scared of the weight of what we must do to focus simply and narrowly on doing”, says LeeAnn Kittle, Executive Director of Sustainability.

This is the role of DPS, the district’s 200-strong network of institutions delivering the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools for students to pursue their desired careers and change the world in their own ways. With this comes, at present, a workforce of 15,000 staff to support 90,000 students who take the sustainability agenda very seriously. 

How exactly can an organisation this large spread the right messages and build a future worthy of those they teach? It  begins with a unified approach that incorporates equity into all of its functions.

Read the full story HERE.


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