FCPS Certified as Platinum Level Green School Division

FCPS Certified as Platinum Level Green School Division
Posted on 11/15/2017
Go Green VirginiaFor Immediate Release
November 15, 2017
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 2017 Platinum Level Certified Green School Division. Just 30 school divisions from across Virginia were designated as a Certified Green School Division with only 14 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 each year, 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, 2016 and 2017 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, “Frederick County Public Schools is committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and wisely using environmental design to realize efficiencies that result in cost savings. Our community should take great pride in our school division being one of the state’s leading school divisions in terms of sustainability.  Being recognized again as a Platinum Level Certified Green School Division is a great honor and confirms that we’re making a difference through our work to become more environmentally friendly.” 

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.