For Immediate Release
November 16, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235
The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has recognized Frederick County Public Schools as a 2016 Platinum Level Certified Green School Division. Just 29 school divisions from across Virginia were designated as a Green School Division with only 16 receiving the Platinum Level distinction through the Green Schools Challenge. The Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions in order to reduce carbon emissions by both the local school division and the broader community.
Frederick County Public Schools has participated in the Green Schools Challenge since its inception in 2009 and has been named a Certified Green School Division in each of the past eight years, including being recognized at the Platinum Level for six consecutive years. Frederick County Public Schools was a first place winner in the Green Schools Challenge in 2014.
In order to be named a VSBA Certified Green School Division, a school system must accumulate a minimum of 100 out of a possible 200 points in the Green Schools Challenge. In 2009, Frederick County Public Schools was certified as a Green School Division. In 2010, the school system earned a Gold Level Certification. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Frederick County Public Schools was among a select group earning Platinum Level Green School Certification.
School divisions who accumulate 100-124 points in the Green Schools Challenge are named Green School Divisions. Those with 125-149 points receive Silver Level Certification. Gold Level Certification is reserved for school divisions who accumulate 150-174 points in the challenge. Divisions who earn 175-200 points are certified at the Platinum Level.
Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Our community should take great pride in the school division’s commitment to being environmentally conscious and conserving valuable resources. The new Frederick County Middle School exemplifies this commitment as it includes a geothermal system for heating and cooling, utilizes daylighting and LED lights to reduce electricity cost, and is a net zero water building which means it generates all of its potable water and treats all wastewater before returning it to the environment. In addition to being environmentally friendly, such initiatives also result in utility cost savings over time.”
The Green Schools Challenge focuses on several areas including school division policy, energy efficiency, green buildings, waste management, vehicles, indoor environmental quality, employee incentives, education/community participation, schools, student involvement, cooperation between the school division and local government, and innovation.