FCPS Get2Green

About FCPS Get2Green

Get2Green was started as a FCPS project in December 2010 to further FCPS’s goal to graduate environmental stewards.  Seeing a large part of environmental stewardship requiring student action, FCPS partnered with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Eco-Schools USA program.  Through this program, FCPS efforts focused on developing student driven action teams within Eco Schools across the county.  These teams work on a variety of environmental topics (pathways) under the Eco School umbrella.  In addition, we focused efforts on teacher professional development, particularly at the elementary school level to assist teachers in running eco teams, working with students on Eco School USA activities, and in taking students outdoors for lessons.

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Where are we now?

  • 60+ Registered Eco Schools, 3 Green Flag Schools
  • 40+ additional schools working on projects
  • Get2Green Principals meeting quarterly for the third year in 2013-14


What are these schools doing?

  • Building wildlife habitat and edible gardens
  • Energy audits in their schools
  • Promoting energy conservation methods to reduce their school’s energy bills and carbon footprint
  • Creating composting programs, food sharing, terracycling, and recycling to reduce cafeteria waste streams
  • Setting up whole school recycling programs
  • Langley High School initiated a pilot program for all high schools to recycle on the playing fields

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Working Together to Develop Eco-Schools in FCPS

In order for schools to work on the Eco-School topics, many areas of FCPS have been getting involved and forging partnerships not present before.  

FCPS and Community Partners


Why is this important?

The term “nature-deficit disorder” was coined by author Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods” to describe what happens to young people who become disconnected from their natural world. Louv links this lack of nature to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

In addition, recent studies have shown that using the environment as an integrating concept has increased student academic achievement and enhanced student problem solving and critical thinking skills.  See the resources list at the end of this report.  

Through collaboration with initiatives FCPS is involved in such as Service Learning and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), enhancement of critical thinking and other 21st century skills, Get2Green can offer an avenue to achieve multiple goals at once.  

Due to the overlap of Get2Green’s instructional activities with Facilities and Transportation and Food and Nutrition departments, new partnerships are being forged within the school district. FCPS is growing and focusing activities under Get2Green to allow for greater efficiencies overall.  

There are state and national efforts moving forward to promote environmental literacy and green schools such as the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program.   Get2Green is patterned along the lines of this national effort and is already on the way to being a model for Virginia environmental literacy efforts. 

Are you interested in learning more about being a partner with Get2Green?

Visit the FCPS Business and Community Partnerships site.

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Recycling Communications/Marketing Plan
Business Case Competition

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Get2Green and Ernst and Young are hosting a Business Case Competition for FCPS high school teams.  Participating teams will design a communications and marketing plan to increase recycling in FCPS schools.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Provides Urban Wildlife Habitat Initiative Intern to FCPS

Pam Andross is now working with FCPS to develop Urban Wildlife habitats on our school grounds. Read More


School Blogs and Social Media:

Lanier MS Blog

Belvedere ES Blog


Elaine Tholen
Environmental Educator

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Last Updated

November 25, 2013