All of Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) 82 testing sites are projected to earn state accreditation again for 2023-2024, following today's release of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores and school quality indicators data.
While VBCPS is home to many exceptional educational opportunities, when it comes to our project and sustainability initiatives, we pride ourselves on leading by example within the division. We’ve recently added four more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings to our inventory. With the recently completed Plaza Annex, Princess Anne Middle School, Thoroughgood Elementary School and John B Dey Elementary School, we have over 2 million square feet of LEED building space. In addition, we’ve added photovoltaic panels to four schools through a solar power purchase agreement (Solar PPA). The solar installations will lower our emissions and reduce our energy cost. As a result of this effort, Ocean Lakes Elementary School is now our first net-zero energy school.
The decisions that teams make during the design and construction of new or renovated school projects set the stage for the performance of those facilities for many decades. LEED for Schools is a whole project rating system that provides a framework for decision making when designing and constructing K-12 projects. While there is a clear emphasis on energy efficiency within LEED for Schools, the rating system also addresses site-related considerations, water conservation, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable building materials, indoor environmental quality, and stormwater issues related to resiliency in our region. With over 2 million square feet of LEED building space, Virginia Beach City Public Schools establishes itself as a global leader in sustainable building while saving money and improving student performance over the life of its building portfolio; see below for our upcoming adventures in innovation.