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About Us

Get2Green is the environmental stewardship program for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Get2Green supports division-level policies and projects that complement school-based sustainability work based on a foundation of equity. Get2Green offers guidance and resources for classes and eco-teams implementing hands-on environmental action in their school and community. Student eco-teams are active at many schools engaging in student-driven stewardship activities such as reducing waste, conserving energy, planting and maintaining wildlife habitat, and tending edible gardens. Project-Based Learning and the Global Classroom Project are two curriculum-based programs that Get2Green enthusiastically supports.

Get2Green staff collaborates with county and community partners, serves on committees supporting sustainability in FCPS and across Fairfax County, applies for and manages grants to support schools, and hosts programs such as Earth Week to expand engagement in environmental stewardship. Get2Green also provides professional development opportunities for educators and administrators to ensure all students have opportunities to develop as ethical and global citizens.

History of Get2Green

Get2Green was formed in 2009 by a group of FCPS principals who came together to share and explore methods for engaging in environmental stewardship in schools. As principals began to identify environmental leaders at their school, Get2Green gradually expanded and offered more support to schools interested in student-led environmental action. The Get2Green website was launched in 2016 as a platform to provide each FCPS school and center with energy use data for their building, as well as guidance and resources for school staff and students engaging in environmental stewardship. Additional resources are continually being added to help students and teachers learn and engage in environmental stewardship.

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 Team

Get2Green is led by two full-time staff members. Ali Culhane is the Get2Green Coordinator from Facilities Management and Donna Volkmann is the Get2Green Educational Specialist from Instructional Services. The Get2Green team is an interdepartmental division-wide collaboration with strong connections between Instructional Services, Facilities Management, Food and Nutrition Services, Design and Construction, and school-based teams.

 

Get2Green utilizes the expertise of several FCPS teachers through the Get2Green Teacher Leaders group to support the development of teacher and student resources and to serve as mentors to support schools in their stewardship work. Get2Green also depends on close collaboration with many partners, including the National Wildlife Federation, Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax Food Council, and Fairfax County’s Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination.

What can Get2Green do for you?

  1. Provide support to follow Eco-Schools framework and earn recognition for your hard work from NWF

  2. Provide a plethora of engaging resources on our website:

    • Data dashboards with school-specific energy and waste data

    • Information, tips, and additional resources on a variety of environmental topics

    • Engagement programs (Earth Week, recycling competitions, etc.)

  3. Share and offer funding opportunities (as available)

  4. Consult with your school’s staff or student green team on resources and ideas for action

  5. Connect you to experts to consult on projects or meet with your class or team

  6. Connect you to other schools near you to collaborate on similar work

  7. Serve as authentic audience for student presentations

 

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FCPS Sustainability Awards

FCPS has won numerous awards for sustainability and environmental stewardship:

  • 2020 Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

  • 2020 Virginia School Boards Association Platinum Certification

  • 2019 US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence

  • 2019 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Energy and Environmental Leadership Award

  • 2019 Virginia Energy Efficiency Council’s Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

  • 2019 Virginia School Boards Association Platinum Certification

  • 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

  • 2018 Virginia School Boards Association Green Schools Challenge Winner (student population 10,001 and up)

  • 2017 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School Division

  • 2017 US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

  • 2015-2017 Virginia School Boards Association Platinum Certification

  • 2016 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Energy and Environmental Leadership Award

  • 2013 Virginia School Boards Association Silver Division Certification

  • 2009-2011 Virginia School Boards Association Certified Green School Division