published October 13, 2013

SCEWestNet Texas Partners Grow Successful Program for Sustainable Schools

Alana Presley, Recycling Education Coordinator
City of Denton

The City of Denton, Texas has been working with local public, private and homeschool groups since 2004 to encourage positive environmental stewardship. In the beginning a partnership between the City's Solid Waste department, Keep Denton Beautiful, University of North Texas, and Denton Independent School District (DISD) collaborated on a pilot recycling program at a local elementary school. The results were positive and the program received funding from the Solid Waste department to grow into what has been known as the Sustainable Schools Program, and all 35 DISD schools (preK-12) have robust recycling.

In 2012, the City of Denton adopted a Sustainability Plan, Simply Sustainable, with an overarching commitment to provide education and civic engagement to the Denton community. As a result, the Sustainable Schools Program received a new name, Denton Sustainable Schools and logo during the summer of 2013, which now reflects a more holistic program.

Currently, four municipal departments, including Solid Waste, Water Utilities, Electric, and Sustainability work together to provide environmental education to the schools and a central location for non-profits and Universities to share environmental opportunities. To learn more about the program please visit our website,