Flint Hill Elementary Awarded Eco-Schools USA Lifetime Green Flag
Flint Hill Elementary School has been awarded the Lifetime Green Flag, Eco-Schools’ highest honor, by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program. Flint Hill, the third school in Virginia to receive this award, was recognized for exceptional achievement in educating for sustainability, and improving the environmental footprint of the school grounds, facility, and curriculum. Lanier Middle School and Centreville Elementary School have also been awarded Lifetime Green Flags.
To receive the Green Flag, Flint Hill Elementary’ s students and faculty tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action team; auditing facility energy efficiency and other environmental focus areas; and engaging and building community. These steps led to a number of projects, including the courtyard habitat, where students learn about the outdoors in conjunction with their grade level curriculum; a healthy living schoolwide audit that counts the time students spend outdoors both during and after school; energy savings and trash reduction; and serving locally-grown food in the cafeteria. These programs are designed to raise environmental awareness, connect students to the natural world, improve the school’s environmental footprint and increase student engagement, while saving money for the school.
National Wildlife Federation was named the stateside host for the international Eco-Schools program in 2008. The International Eco-Schools program is a network of over 50,000 K-12 schools in 67 nations, started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support from the European Commission. With more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states, the Eco-Schools USA program is based on the commitment and work of student-driven teams dedicated to issues such as waste reduction and energy and water conservation using audits, action plans, and other educational resources. More information about Eco-Schools USA is available online.