VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Barba
Date: 04/25/16 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 066 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: jeff.barba@vbschools.com

School division named a Green Ribbon Awardee

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. announced the designation Earth Day, April 22.

VBCPS was one of 73 award recipients from across the country honored for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.

"Virginia Beach is a national leader in environmental education and sustainable practices, and this award acknowledges our school division's commitment," said VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence. "In addition to our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and our operating costs, this award recognizes our effective environmental and sustainability education, which emphasizes hands-on, authentic place-based learning and green career pathways."

For more than 12 years, VBCPS has been moving toward a more sustainable school model by developing a sustainable building structure; integrating sustainable practices throughout the division; and educating the public about sustainability.

To date, VBCPS has completed eight Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. A ninth LEED project, the Old Donation School replacement, is currently underway and the 10th, the replacement of John B. Dey Elementary School, is in the design phase. In addition, VBCPS has 31 ENERGY STAR certified buildings. ENERGY STAR certified buildings meet strict energy performance standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They use less energy, are less expensive to operate, and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.

More information about sustainable schools can be found at vbschools.com/sustainableschools/.

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