Frederick County Public Schools Recognized as Platinum Level Green School Division

Frederick County Public Schools Recognized as Platinum Level Green School Division
Posted on 11/20/2019
Go Green VirginiaFor Immediate Release
November 20, 2019
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 Platinum Level Certified Green School Division. This marks the ninth consecutive year the school division has earned the distinction as part of the VSBA’s Green Schools Challenge. The Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions to reduce carbon emissions by both the local school division and the broader community.

Just 21 of the 132 school divisions in Virginia were designated as Certified Green School Division’s this year with only 11 earning Platinum Level status.

In each of the 11 years the Green Schools Challenge has been held, Frederick County Public Schools has been named a Certified Green School Division. In 2014, Frederick County Public Schools was a first place winner in the Green Schools Challenge and was a finalist for the top award again in 2018.

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 each of the next nine years, Frederick County Public Schools was among the select group earning Platinum Level Green School Certification.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Since the inception of the Green Schools Challenge more than a decade ago, Frederick County Public Schools has consistently been recognized as one of the top school divisions in Virginia for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and strategically using environmental design to realize efficiencies that result in long-term cost savings. Our commitment to these efforts is wise because the greatest cost associated with a facility over time is the cost to operate its building systems. By investing in and utilizing energy efficient systems, we not only practice environmental stewardship, but we also save 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.