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How it works:

The program – Destination Conservation (DC) is a multi-year program of up to six years. The first three years focus on learning about energy and water conservation and waste reduction. The advanced program takes conservation lessons out of the classroom and into the home and the community. Themes include food and sustainability, our community, transportation, the global village and the future of energy.

The district – DC is a commitment to sustainability. School district support is an integral part of the program. It looks different in every district we work with! The district can support the program by identifying schools to participate, support teams at workshops, track energy consumption and, where possible, commit to reinvesting energy savings in further conservation measures.

The school – Schools (K-12) are invited to participate in the program. Each school identifies a green team which is different for each school; depending on their needs and requirements. They can be small or large, and may be facilitated by a teacher, parent, custodian or other adult leader. By joining DC, each school commits to complete at least one conservation campaign each year and to attend DC workshops.

The workshops - Each school sends team representatives, up to five students, to two half-day DC training sessions each year. Students, guided by adult mentors, learn about sustainability topics and develop the skills required to identify challenges and design strategies to address them. Students develop conservation campaigns with support from the adults on their team using a planning framework that includes tools to measure results and develop communications plans. Workshop resources are also available online for teams to use and share with other teachers in the school. Between sessions, DC staff are there to offer support and advice throughout the process. Students share what they learn back at their school and launch projects with their teams that engage students and staff in their school to reduce their environmental impact.

The year-end - Teams come together to share what they have learned and accomplished with other DC schools, school district administrators and the community. They share best practices, pitfalls to avoid and are recognized for the special achievements within each team. See previous campaigns posted in the Green Gallery

Custodial training – DC also includes technical workshops that help custodial staff operate their buildings efficiently. Each half-day workshop covers two training modules and provides custodians with an opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns with facilities department representatives. Modules include: lighting, other electrical, heating / ventilation and air conditioning, water and waste.

Download the DC 1-2-3.PDF for more information on how the program works.