FCPS Named Platinum Level Certified Green School Division

FCPS Named Platinum Level Certified Green School Division
Posted on 11/20/2018
Green Schools Challenge Certificate 2018For Immediate Release
November 20, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


For the seventh consecutive year, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has recognized Frederick County Public Schools as a Platinum Level Certified Green School Division as part of 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 was one of just 28 school divisions from across Virginia to be designated as a Certified Green School Division. Only 15 school divisions earned Platinum Level status. The Green Schools Challenge began in 2009 and Frederick County Public Schools has been named a Certified Green School Division each year since the program’s inception. In 2014, Frederick County Public Schools was a first place winner in the Green Schools Challenge and was recognized as a finalist again this year.

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. 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.

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, 2017 and 2018, Frederick County Public Schools was among the select group earning Platinum Level Green School Certification.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Frederick County Public Schools remains committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and strategically using environmental design to realize efficiencies that result in long-term cost savings. It is extremely gratifying to have our work in this area recognized again as part of the Green Schools Challenge. While the cost of new construction and building renovations is always a point of focus, the greatest cost associated with a facility over time is the cost to operate its building systems. By investing in energy efficient systems which result in energy savings over time, we not only help protect the environment, but also save the citizens of Frederick County valuable tax dollars.”

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.