Impact Career Innovation Center earns CHPS sustainability certification

Impact at Sunset


“This certification is a significant achievement,” said Chris Coleman, the district’s Chief Operations Officer. “It’s a testament to the district's commitment to providing an innovative and sustainable learning environment for our students.”


The CHPS Verified Leader Certification is a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process that assesses the environmental performance and sustainability of a building. It recognizes buildings that meet the highest standards of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, water conservation, and overall environmental impact. 


Launched in January 2024, Impact is at the forefront of Career and Technical Education (CTE), offering students a wide range of programs and opportunities to explore their interests and develop essential skills for the future workforce. The center serves as a hub for creativity, collaboration, and hands-on learning, preparing students for success in 14 career pathways. There have been 184 student-focused career exploration classes, events, and activities held at Impact since opening in January 2024.


Impact first year graphic


School facilities constructed or renovated using CHPS high-performance building criteria are more energy- and water-efficient, and make a difference for students, teachers, and communities. Impact’s features include: biophilic design, indoor potable water use reduction, joint use of facilities, and reduction of heat islands. This month, solar panels are being installed at Impact. 


Impact CHPS signage


The 4A Bond building team is also working to achieve CHPS status at the new Miller Middle School building, which will open in August. The district continues to demonstrate a commitment to the responsible stewardship of community resources with sustainability strategies that:

  • Promote healthy and safe learning environments
  • Facilitate energy and resource conservation within District operations
  • Are fiscally responsible
  • Invite engagement and collaboration with stakeholders

"We are thrilled to receive the CHPS Verified Leader Certification for Impact,” said Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser. “This achievement aligns with the district’s sustainability goals for all schools, and may support our effort to be identified as Colorado Green Ribbon School district.”


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