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January 29, 2016 - FCPS Joins Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative

Sept. 30, 2015 - Congratulations to Centreville Elementary for being named one of the Top 10 Eco-Schools in the country!

Eco-Schools USA

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Eco-Schools USA is a program run by the National Wildlife Federation that uses school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators, and community volunteers. Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities, and the curriculum to provide students with a unique, research and application based learning experience.

What are the Eco-School Pathways?

Eco-School Pathways are environmental issues, such as biodiversity or energy, which schools choose to help focus and guide efforts to green a school. The 10 Pathways are detailed below.

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Biodiversity Investigating and increasing biodiversity at school and beyond.
A wide diversity of species - animals, plants, and other living things - is the key to a healthy, functioning ecosystem on many scales, from the school grounds to the whole planet.

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Climate Change Incorporating climate change education into curriculum.
Schools are joining the movement to solve this urgent environmental issue. They are reducing their "carbon footprints," and in the process, developing science, math, technology and social science skills.

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Consumption and Waste Reducing, reusing, and recycling.
A school can reduce its environmental impact by analyzing the full life cycle of the products it uses. Trimming consumption, reducing packaging and transport distance, and recycling as many items as possible all translate into smaller amounts of garbage being hauled away.

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Energy Addressing energy conservation.
Schools are the largest energy consumers in many municipalities. But up to 30 percent of that energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily. Schools can significantly cut energy use, resulting in financial savings and reduced environmental impact.

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Healthy Living Promoting outdoor time, physical activity and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Time spent outdoors, physically active, and engaged in unstructured play is perhaps the best possible prescription to ensure a lifetime of good health.

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Healthy Schools Addressing issues that impact human health in the school building and grounds.
Eliminating toxic and hazardous materials, while maximizing elements that promote health, will improve the learning environment for students and staff.

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Schoolyard Habitats Developing "green" grounds.
Research has demonstrated that in all discipline areas, students who are given the opportunity to directly engage in outdoor education and experiential learning have been able to significantly increase their capacity for learning.

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Sustainable Food Improving nutrition and food sustainability at school.
Food choices have a big impact on both health and the environment. A campaign focused on food sustainability can help you make nutritious, fresh, local and whole foods a part of the culture of your school and community.

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Transportation Addressing school transportation.
The Eco-Schools USA program aims to raise awareness of sustainable solutions - transportation that reduces fuel consumption, pollution and car use. Every school can change its travel footprint.

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Water Addressing water conservation.
Basic water efficiency programs can reduce a school's water use by 30 percent or more. The Eco-Schools USA program can help schools improve irrigation methods, reduce water runoff, consume fresh water more efficiently, and reuse water to a greater extent.

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What are Eco-School awards?

As schools complete Eco-School Pathways, they become eligible for awards. Schools must complete one pathway to earn a bronze award, two pathways to earn a silver award, and three pathways to earn the coveted Green Flag. The Green Flag must be renewed every two years.

What are the benefits of being an Eco-School?

In addition to being beneficial to wildlife and the environment, becoming an Eco-School has many benefits from an educational perspective. The Eco-Schools program improves student academic achievement, contributes to financial savings through energy and water conservation, reduces waste and consumption, increases environmental awareness and stewardship, and boosts community involvement.

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