Take the 2014 VSBA Green Public Schools Challenge!

The Green Public Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. School Divisions can become a certified "Green School Division." Many of these actions can save local school divisions money.  To preview a sample copy of the Challenge, click here.

How to participate

Participating in the VSBA Green Public Schools Challenge is easy.

1.    Local school divisions must register to participate.  To do so, you will need a Green Key. To obtain this unique password, click on the name of your school division and submit an email address using the form at the bottom of this page.  Once you have received your Green Key via email, return to this page, click the name of your school division and enter your Green Key to register. Please note, even if you have participated in past years, you will still need to create a green key.

2.    Once registered, look over the Challenge to get familiar with its 12 categories and 30 action items. The Challenge score sheet includes helpful links to detailed explanations and examples of each of the 30 action items that can be implemented in your community.

3.    Start completing the Challenge and earn "greenpoints" by implementing new actions and adopting new policies that will increase your total score.  Amassing at least 100 "green points"out of a possible 200 will earn certification as a "Green School Division." In addition, school divisions could earn Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of certification for scores of 125 points or higher.  

4.    Complete the Challenge and take the environmentally friendly step of submitting it online by September 30, 2014, for validation.

Additional questions: Send E-Mail to: mailto:info@gogreenva.org

Contact: Peter Sengenberger (434)295-8722 or mailto:%20peter@vsba.org 

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Get Started Now

In order to participate in this year's Challenge you will need a Green Key. To obtain it, please select your public school system and enter your email address. You will receive your Green Key by email shortly. Once you receive it, enter it in the field below to get started.

Or, if you are returning to access your Challenge, select your public school system from the list above and enter the Green Key in the field below.

Don't see your public school system listed? Email us today.

Green Tips
Use today's energy efficient bulbs. They come in many sizes and styles. Switch to fluorescent lights where you can. They produce four times the light per watt as ordinary bulbs and, even though fluorescent tubes cost more than incandescent bulbs, they last longer. Fluorescent bulbs can take more energy to turn on when you first flip the switch, but the energy savings outweigh the initial extra energy use -- especially when used in areas where lights are on for many hours per day.

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