FCPS Named 2017 Certified Green School Division by VSBA
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been recognized as a Certified Green School Division by the Virginia School Boards Association for 2017. The district also earned platinum certification for accumulating green points for environmental policies and practices.
VSBA’s Green Schools Challenge encourages school districts to implement specific environmental policies and practical actions to reduce carbon emissions generated by the districts themselves as well as their surrounding communities.
FCPS was one of 14 districts earning platinum certification, the highest designation awarded by the VSBA program.
FCPS was named a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee for its comprehensive Get2Green program and for achieving $10 million in energy savings over a two-year period.
The Get2Green program promotes student learning and action across the curriculum, using the environment as a foundation, aided in part through a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoSchools USA program. FCPS provides sustainability-related dashboards online that provide data on energy, recycling, and EcoSchool USA progress that is used as a tool for learning, teaching, researching, and empowering change.
The FCPS Department of Facilities and Transportation Services invests one-third of every project dollar into sustainability infrastructure, including geothermal, rainwater cisterns, LED lighting, variable refrigerant flow mechanical systems, water source heat pumps, biofilters, solar hot water heaters, highly reflective roofing, and pervious pavers. These initiatives have resulted in $10 million in energy savings over two years and an 11 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.