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About Us

Our Vision

FCPS will build our sustainable global future and foster a green culture by successfully engaging in best practices around environmental stewardship and teaching and learning for preK-12.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote student learning and action using the environment as a foundation. We will be model environmental stewards by investing in green infrastructure and resources, utilizing interdisciplinary environmental curriculum, and fostering community partnerships.

Our Goals

Our sustainability goals are aligned with the strategic goals described in Ignite, the FCPS Strategic Plan. 
Click here to view our current goals. (pdf)


The FCPS Get2Green Sustainability Team includes members of Transportation Services, Safety and Security, Administrative Services, Food and Nutrition, Design and Construction, Facilities Management, Instructional Services and Cenergistic Transportation Services Instructional Services Facilities Management Design & Construction Food & Nutrition Services Admin Services Safety & Security

Why should I care?

The current resource use trends of human civilizations are on an unsustainable trajectory. Commercial, institutional, and residential buildings account for approximately:

 

  • 40% of global consumption of raw materials
  • 30% of primary U.S. energy consumption
  • 60% of U.S. electricity consumption
  • 12% of U.S. potable water consumption
  • 35% of U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions
  • Average Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors yet are generally unaware of the energy, environmental, health, and economic impacts of buildings.
 

About FCPS

Map of Fairfax County

As the 10th largest school division in the U.S., FCPS serves a diverse student population of more than 189,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12. More than 52,000 (28 percent of total population) of those students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals; more than 28,000 (17 percent of total population) receive English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) services, and more than 25,000 (13 percent of total population) receive special education services. Demographically, 40 percent of FCPS students are White, 25 percent are Hispanic, 19 percent are Asian American, 10 percent are African American, and five percent are multiracial.

 

Nearly 93 percent of FCPS students graduate on time (in four years of high school), and more than 93 percent plan to pursue post-secondary education. FCPS students can take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in high school; the division offers the IB middle years program and the IB primary years program in select schools. The class of 2016 had 237 National Merit Semifinalists. Fairfax County high schools are recognized annually by the Washington Post as being among the most challenging high schools in the U.S.

 

FCPS is the third largest employer in Virginia, with approximately 27,500 employees, including 24,600 full-time staff positions, more than 92 percent of which are school-based. Its $2.8 billion budget is primarily funded by Fairfax County (71.2 percent) with contributions from Virginia (22.9 percent), other sources (4.3 percent) and the federal government (1.6 percent). More than 85 percent of the budget goes toward instruction, and the average cost per student is $14,432. The FCPS bus fleet is one of the largest bus fleets in the U.S., transporting more than 130,000 students on over 1,600 buses each day. FCPS has more than 26 million square feet of school buildings and office space, including 153 Energy Star certified schools (more than any other school system in the country).