Goochland County Public School Division was recognized as a silver certified “Green School Division” at last month’s Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. In cooperation with Virginia Municipal League’s GoGreenVA initiative, the VSBA Green Schools Challenge recognizes school divisions that implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community.
Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley was presented with a certificate from the Virginia School Board Association. It recognized the accomplishment of Goochland County earning 130 Green Points in the VSBA Green Schools competition. “We are excited to be recognized for our efforts to conserve energy and enhance efficiencies in our facilities in Goochland County Public Schools. Our teachers, students, and staff have been strong advocates for responsible energy use at all of our schools”.
The division has created outdoor learning spaces used for environmental education at all three elementary schools, as well as a greenhouse at Goochland High School. A solar flower installed at Goochland High Schools supplements energy conservation, and student-led environmental awareness organizations are forming at both the middle and high school.