FCPS among five nationally to get School District Scholarship from Center for Green Schools

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Fayette County Public Schools is one of five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

FCPS will benefit from ongoing support, connections, and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.

“Fayette County Public Schools is already a leader in the movement to make our school buildings more sustainable, and to educate our children to embrace the principles and practices so important to sustainability. Through this program, they will keep their leading edge,” said Anisa Heming of the Center for Green Schools.

Through the three pillars of sustainability – environmental literacy, building efficiency, and student/staff wellness – FCPS aims to empower students and staff and to equip schools and the community with the tools and knowledge to preserve fiscal, natural, and human resources. Guiding these efforts are Tresine Logsdon, the district’s energy and sustainability curriculum coordinator; and Logan Poteat, energy engineer.

For details, visit www.fcps.net/sustainability.

The five recipients of School District Scholarships represent more than 230,000 students in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Virginia, New Mexico, and in Lexington. Benefits include participation in the annual School Sustainability Leaders Summit, with access to resource conservation managers, energy managers, facilities directors, and industry experts.

The scholarship recipients also receive professional learning support and direct access to the nation’s leading green schools experts.

To kick off the scholarship year, all recipients are provided fully funded travel to the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Boston on Nov. 8-10. To broaden the impact of the scholarship, teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take USGBC’s Green Classroom Professional certificate course and will be granted free access to sustainability curriculum through Learning Lab.

Each district will also have the opportunity to send two staff, all expenses paid, to the annual Green Schools Conference and Expo in Denver in May.

Green schools can significantly lower district operating costs, putting money back into classrooms. Studies have also repeatedly demonstrated that improving specific aspects of a student’s classroom environment like daylight, air quality, and noise levels leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed, and more.

The School District Scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for systemwide changes and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation.

From Fayette County Public Schools

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