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Lanier’s Eco-School Journey

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Recognition

Lanier’s journey to Eco-School was initiated in November 2009. Lanier received a Silver Award from Eco-Schools USA in June 2010 and now received the Green Flag award on June 15, 2011. Lanier will be the first school in Virginia and third in United States to recieve this award.

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Green Flag Ceremony

What: June 15th, 10:00 AM
Ceremony celebrating Lanier Middle School’s successful implementation of the Eco-Schools USA program and its achievements as the third school in the United States and first in Virginia to achieve ‘Green Flag’ status.  Laura Hickey, Senior Director of Eco-Schools USA, will be visiting the school on June 15th, to officially commemorate the achievement and raise the Green Flag, with Fairfax county and city officials on hand for the festivities.

Why:
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the U.S. host for the international Eco-Schools (http://www.eco-schools.org/) program, an international network of 38,000 K-12 schools in 51 countries, which was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was named by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003.

Eco-Schools USA takes a holistic approach—‘greening’ the school building, the school grounds and the curriculum/student experience. It is designed to help schools in a variety of ways, including saving money, reducing waste and improving student academic performance and environmental awareness (more benefits listed here: http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/School-Solutions/Eco-Schools-USA/About-Eco-Schools-USA/Benefits.aspx). Many schools have implemented the Eco-Schools USA program since NWF became the host in late 2008, some earning Bronze- and Silver-level awards for their progress (Virginia boasts 44 registered Eco-Schools). The Green Flag is the highest level (http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/School-Solutions/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School/Awards/Green-Flag-Award-Criteria.aspx).

When and Where:
June 15th- 10:00 AM (assembly, award and Green Flag raising)

Lanier Middle School
3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

703.934.2400

Speakers:

  • Scott Poole, PhD (Principal)
  •  Dean Tistadt, (Chief Operating Officer FCPS)
  • Ann Monday, (Superintendent City of Fairfax Schools)
  •  Robert Lederer, ( Mayor City of Fairfax) 
  • John Summers, (Foundation for Environmental Education)    
  • Laura Hickey, (Senior Director Eco-Schools USA, National Wildl

Distinguished Guests:

  •  Linda Burke, Assistant Superintendent, Cluster VII, FCPS
  • Phyllis Pajardo, PhD, Assistant Superintendent, Cluster II, FCPS
  • Mary Ann Ryan, Assistant Superintendent, City of Fairfax Schools
  •  Myra Thayer, Science Coordinator, FCPS
  • Linda Peterson, Middle School Science Specialist, FCPS
  • Janice Miller, Chairman, City of Fairfax School Board
  • Jon Buttram, Vice Chairman, City of Fairfax Schools
  • Toby Sorenson, City of Fairfax School Board Member
  • Kevin Coyle, Vice President of Education, NWF
  • Liz Soper, Associate Director fro Eco-Schools, NWF
  • Jennifer Hammonds, Science Curriculum Specialist, NWF
  • Sharon Stark, District Director, Office of Congressman Connolly

 

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