DOE’s Sustainability initiative is an agency wide effort lead by Division of School Facilities and supported by the DOE Sustainability Committee to provide tools and resources to optimize building operations and energy efficiency, to increase recycling and to help teachers apply standards to real life to lead current and future generations to a more sustainable future.
Department of Education Sustainability Committee
Chaired by Division of School Facilities, DOE’s Sustainability Committee has representatives from many DOE Divisions (School Food, Compliance Office, Teaching and Learning, Communications and Media Relations, Career and Technology Education, School Construction Authority), Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Department of Sanitation, DCAS Division of Energy Management, Department of Parks and Recreation, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2, United Federation of Teachers, Local 891, CSA, Community Education Councils, GrowNYC and New York Restoration Project.
Department of Education Sustainability Partners
DOE is a member of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) and each school can choose to participate in any of the GSA activities throughout the year such as the Green Cup Challenge, Green Schools Resource Fair, One Million Acts of Green and SC3 Conference. DOE also partners with Alliance for Climate Education, Earth Day New York, Junior Energy, Bike for A Day, Bike New York, Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), Solar 1 and Columbia University CERC to provide sustainability resources and programs to schools.
While DOE’s Sustainability Committee and our Sustainability partners make up the vital support system for our students, teachers, principals and parents at our schools, the sustainability activities at the school level are led and coordinated by sustainability coordinators at each school who are appointed by the principal from their school based staff.
The School Sustainability Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities
The School Sustainability Coordinator to consult with representatives from all sectors of the school, including principal, food services and custodial staff, and wherever possible, parents and students, in developing and implementing all of the sustainability initiatives in the school. The School Sustainability Coordinator responsibilities are
- To develop and implement a site-specific Sustainability Plan which shall at a minimum include School Recycling and Waste Reduction Plan while following the DSNY recycling rules.
- To ensure that students are following and practicing Recycling Rules.
- To be the conduit for sustainable curriculum development initiatives.
- To utilize the Energy Star Portfolio Manager in assisting with energy conservation programs at the school.