School divisions recognized for green initiatives

Shenandoah and Frederick County public schools have been honored as green schools in the 2016 Virginia School Board Association’s Green Schools Challenge.

Barbara Stombock, director of finance for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said the competition is designed to encourage school divisions to implement environmental policies and practical actions to reduce carbon emissions generated by the schools and the community. Only 29 school divisions across Virginia were designated as a Green School Division.

Through the competition, school divisions can become a certified Green School Division, by earning “green points” she said, in 30 action items in 12 different categories.

Stombock said Shenandoah County schools scored points in the following categories: School Division Policy Adoption, Energy Efficiency, Waste Management, Vehicles, Indoor Environmental Quality, Schools, Student Involvement, Cooperation between School Division and Local Government and Innovation.

Shenandoah County schools earned a gold certification for earning 155 points. This certification was awarded to school divisions that achieved 150 to 174 green points.

“We have received this recognition for at least several years,” she added.

According to a Frederick County Public Schools news relesse, Frederick County Public Schools achieved a platinum certification. It was awarded to divisions that achieved 175 to 200 green points. Frederick County has participated since the inception in 2009 and has been recognized at the platinum level for six consecutive years and was a first place winner in the Green Schools Challenge in 2104.

Divisions could also earn a silver certification by amassing 125 to 149 green points and could earn a Green Certification with 100 to 124 green points.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com