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ERIC Number: EJ917566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Districtwide Green Efforts Launched from Top to Bottom
Cole, Tim
Principal, v89 n5 p34-38 May-Jun 2010
Like most school districts across the country, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) leaves a large environmental footprint in the community. That's why about eight years ago, the VBCPS began to look at how the district could transition toward a more sustainable model. The objective was simple: Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Three goals are moving VBCPS toward that objective: (1) to build environmentally sustainable schools; (2) to integrate environmentally sustainable practices throughout the school district; and (3) to educate the public about environmental sustainability. A school district can build more sustainable buildings and can integrate environmental practices throughout the various departments; however, for these programs to be successful in raising awareness and changing habits on a large scale, school principals are the key to success. Some principals embrace the issue of environmental sustainability and make it part of their school's culture, while others take a hands-off approach. Teachers and principals are asked every year to do more with less. If environmental initiatives are presented as additional work, then the task ahead will be a difficult one. In this article, the author describes activities that are being used at schools throughout Virginia Beach to raise awareness about environmental sustainability. (Contains 3 online resources.)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-386-2377; Tel: 703-684-3345; Fax: 800-396-2377; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia