Emerald Planet (Channel 10) – interview with Faiza Alam (Lanier teacher)

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Lanier MS receives permanent Green Flag status!

Lanier MS is awarded the 4th Eco-Schools USA Green Flag which makes Lanier a “Permanent” Eco-School.

“A school is considered to be a permanent Eco-School once it has gained its fourth Green Flag, as Eco-Schools USA Program feel a school’s culture has changed to include sustainability as a binding thread of its fabric, as important as academics and student safety.”

Lanier MS has been pretty much been an Eco-School as long NWF has hosted the program in the United States!  Lanier was the first Eco-School in Virginia to earn the Green Flag and now as well the first to earn 4 Green Flags and permanent status. Lanier is very proud of their students’ and staff’s accomplished!

FCPS press release link below:


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CBF Potomac River Educational Program

The Fairfax County Times put together a terrific story about the schools’ work citywide, and it focused on the innovation produced by science teacher Faiza Alam at Lanier Middle School.


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2018 Virginia Naturally School Recognition Award

“Great news for the Lanier Middle School environmental education program!  We have once again been recognized as a Virginia Naturally School, Year 7, for efforts during the 2017-18 school year for supporting environmental conservation and stewardship!”


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2018 Green Ribbon School Award Ceremony

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Director Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming joined Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan today to congratulate Lanier Middle School, City of Fairfax School and Fairfax County Public School on their achievements at 2018 Green Ribbon School Award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Checkout the link below from Fairfax City News:


Lanier MS featured in “The Connections to Your Community” newspaper. Link below:



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Lanier awarded USDOE 2018 Green Ribbon School

Lanier Middle School awarded 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Lanier Middle School in Fairfax, Virginia is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

Lanier Middle school was nominated by Virginia Department of Education This award acknowledges Lanier Middle School’s commitment to sustainable practices. We were commended for our leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education.  Our school is representative of promising practices to improve achievement and equity, not only for aspiring green schools, but for all schools.

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

USDOE Announcement and Lanier’s Award

List of all this year’s honorees here, and read about each of them in the 2018 Highlights Report.

FCPS Press Release


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2018 Caring for Our Watershed Contest @ GMU

Two Lanier student teams were selected as the top 10 teams for 2018 Caring for Our Watershed Contest by Earth Force (organizers of the event). They proposal were on “Enhancing School’s Outdoor Living Classroom” and Growing Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)” in science lab and planting in Potomac River at Mason Neck Park along with feeder elementary school students to help improve the health of Chesapeake Bay. Students presented to panel of judges at George Mason University. Lanier team placed 3rd and 4th place winners at the final round on the competition.


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