The Virginia School Boards Association awarded the Shenandoah County Public Schools Division a Gold Certification in the association’s 2019 Green Schools Challenge.

“We are pleased that our efforts continue to be recognized. We are always looking for ways to demonstrate responsible stewardship of the environment,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said.

The award was given out at last week’s Virginia School Boards Association meeting in Williamsburg, he said.

The association has been giving out the award for 11 years. The Shenandoah County Public Schools Division has been recognized in the past, Johnston said.

The Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies that reduce carbon emissions, according to the release.

Shenandoah County Public Schools were one of 21 school divisions in Virginia to be certified as a Green School Division. There are 133 school divisions in Virginia, the release stated.

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