VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 04/16/15 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 064 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

VBCPS named ‘District of Distinction’
by District Administration

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) earned the title of “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine. The school division was awarded the honor in regards to its work in sustainability and creating 21st century learning environments for students.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of VBCPS. “This school division has been and remains a tireless advocate for the creative and innovative use of building space that both inspires learning for students and showcases responsible stewardship of our resources. This recognition highlights what is for us an exciting beginning on our journey to becoming a national leader in graduating young people who care for our communities and our planet.”

In the article announcing the award, VBCPS was lauded for its 1.6 million square feet of LEED-certified building space. The division also has an additional 400,000 square feet of space currently in design and construction that is meeting LEED certification guidelines. Additionally, the magazine noted that the division has increased its total square footage by 9 percent since 2006 and, in that same time frame, decreased its energy use by 21 percent.

This is done in part by the inclusion of sustainable features in the school division’s buildings, including vegetated roofs, geothermal HVAC, rainwater harvesting and other energy-saving measures.

“We are pleased to honor Virginia Beach as a District of Distinction,” JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine, said. “Like all our honorees, Virginia Beach City Public Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”

District Administration is a national trade publication for education leaders in public K-12 school districts. The magazine covers trends and pressing issues in the American education system.

For more information on the sustainability efforts in VBCPS, visit vbschools.com.

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