Williamsburg-James City County Schools are among 37 public school divisions in the state to earn “certified green school division” status from the Virginia School Board Association.
WJCC participated in the VSBA’s “Green Public Schools Challenge,” a competition that encourages implementation of environmental policies and practical actions to reduce carbon emissions generated by the school division and community. The green practices also save the school divisions money; WJCC’s two-year-old energy-saving program has saved approximately $1.2 million.
The challenge rates the school division on energy efficiency, “green” buildings, waste management, vehicle usage, indoor environmental quality, employee incentives, education and community participation, student involvement and innovation. WJCC scored 135 out of 200 possible points, earning a Silver Level status.
“This recognition acknowledges that WJCC ‘s ‘green’ initiatives are a model for other school divisions,” said Superintendent Steve Constantino. “Not only are we helping our environment and our bottom line, we are demonstrating to our students how to be good stewards of the world they live in.”