A truly sustainable society seeks balance between environmental, social, and economic health. Each generation does its best to ensure that future generations are equipped to thrive in perpetuity.
Every office in DCPS contributes to the long-term sustainability of its students and their families. Education leads to careers. Full bellies fuel minds. Family engagement offers a support network to reach success. Healthy students are better able to thrive. Green buildings incubate safe, inclusive learning. School gardens connect students to the earth.
DCPS teachers have the greatest opportunity to promote sustainability in their classrooms by highlighting interconnected systems. Literacy is intertwined with science and social studies; garden vegetables can star in art, math and science instruction. Rain falling on school rooftops is linked to fees on water bills, as well as the health of fishable and swimmable DC rivers. Energy generation (whether coal, wind, nuclear, or solar) is linked to geography, chemistry, social studies and economics.