Fairfax County Public Schools Receives 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Award from Metropolitan Washington COG

October 11, 2019

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is one of three recipients of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards for its outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and engage and serve underserved communities.

With more than 27 million square feet of space in 220 facilities, FCPS has undertaken continual energy efficiency improvements since 2005, reducing its annual electricity and natural gas consumption by 15 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by more than 80 million pounds, despite adding over 3.5 million square feet to accommodate student population growth. 

The FCPS environmental stewardship program, Get2Green, improves equitable access to school-based environmental stewardship projects at schools in underserved communities. With support from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Get2Green established outdoor learning spaces at 13 schools during the 2018-19 school year. More than 2,000 students helped with planting and building the spaces and an additional 11,000 students will use these new spaces, fostering a stronger connection to the planet. Get2Green has received additional funding from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to continue its work on expanding equitable access to outdoor learning.

Pictured are (from left) Daniel Sze, chair of COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee; Tamara O’Laughlin, chair of COG’s Air and Climage Public Advisory Committee; Ali Culhane, FCPS program specialist  for Get2Green; Donna Volkman, FCPS educational specialist, Get2Green; Justin Moss, FCPS Facilities Management director; John Lord, FCPS Energy Management coordinator; and Derrick Davis, vice chair of the COG Board.

For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.