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Virginia Schools Incorporate Sustainability Education with CTE Sustainability Program
Green Education Foundation (GEF) prepares trade school students for the new green economy
By: Molly Hislop
GEF’s CTE Sustainability Program is an exciting new offering for career and technical schools nationwide, with the VBCPS being the first district to join the movement. Patrick Konopnicki , the Director of Technical and Career Education at VBCPS, quickly recognized the value in the program: “As an industry certification leader in the state and nation with 4,541 student credentials earned last year, VBCPS has a keen interest in supporting sustainability as a 21st century skill that all 70,000 students are required to learn. We are excited about adding GEF’s CTE Sustainability Program to the list of 102 credentials from which the students can choose. The future will be a better place because of this partnership, and we are proud to be the first school system to undertake this certification effort.”
“While there are many educational programs at the state level for CTE Programs of Study, very few, if any, include materials that emphasize sustainability,”
GEF’s CTE Sustainability Program will provide sustainability curriculum, courses, tests, certifications and supporting materials for the following career clusters: Architecture and Construction;
For more information or to participate in the CTE Sustainability Program, contact email@example.com.
About Green Education Foundation (GEF)
GEF is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.
Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
About Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the largest school division in Hampton Roads – southeastern Virginia – serving approximately *69,433 students in grades K-12. Currently, the school system includes 56 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 11 high schools, and a number of secondary/post-
About GEF’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Sustainability Program
GEF’s CTE Sustainability Program prepares students for the new green economy. The hands-on curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be at the forefront of green jobs and traditional jobs employing environmentally advanced technology and practices. Learn more at www.greeneducationfoundation.org/
About GEF’s Green Building Course
The Green Building Course is a one semester elective that educates 11/12th grade students on sustainable building attributes and benefits, and provides them with the educational resources necessary to understand, identify, and improve environmental inefficiencies within their own school buildings. Topics covered include: sustainable sites, energy sources/conservation and water efficiency and indoor environmental quality as related to building construction, operation and maintenance. Students will participate in weekly audits of their school building where they will be instructed to prioritize areas for enhanced efficiencies. For their end of semester capstone project students will analyze and recommend building improvements based upon feasibility, greatest need and return-on-investment (ROI). www.greenbuildingprogram.org
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