Flint Hill Elementary School Awarded Eco-Schools USA Green Flag for Exceptional 'Green' Achievement

"This award demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and environmental literacy for students and faculty."

06-10-2014 // Christina Batcheler

Kids playing on jungle gym

Flint Hill Elementary School was recognized with the Green Flag by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum. Flint Hill Elementary is the 27th school in the country, to achieve “Green Flag” status.

"We at National Wildlife Federation and Eco-Schools USA are proud of the example set by Flint Hill Elementary for Fairfax County, Virginia, other schools, and the country at large," said Laura Hickey, senior director of Eco-Schools USA. "This award demonstrates not only a commitment to sustainability and environmental literacy for students and faculty, but an appreciation that the best, most effective education transcends the classroom and offers a hands-on approach to learning."

To be awarded the Green Flag, Flint Hill’s students and faculty tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action team; auditing facility energy efficiency, waste disposal and other environmental impact areas; and instituting environmental-themed curricula. These steps led to a number of projects including piloting a county-wide Biodiversity program, completion of the Cool School Challenge designed to reduce energy usage as well as carbon footprint, and implementing a recycling and composting program that starts with Kindergartners and continues through all grades, and ensuring that students and teachers spend learning time outdoors, all designed to raise environmental and natural awareness, cut waste, increase student engagement and save money for the school.

National Wildlife Federation was named the US host for the international Eco-Schools program in 2008. The original Eco-Schools (http://www.eco-schools.org/) program is an international network of 50,000 K-12 schools in 60 countries, with 18 million students and 900,000 educators, started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was named by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. To learn more about Eco-Schools USA, visit: http://www.nwf.org/eco-schools-usa.aspx.

Green Flag Event Details:

Approximately 575 students, 65 faculty, along with invited guests including FCPS Superintendent Garza, Assistant Superintendent James Kacur, and representatives from the National Wildlife Federation will be at the Green Flag event on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m at Flint Hill Elementary School, 244 Flint Hill Road, Vienna, VA  22181.



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