After five years of working on sustainability across the board, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools received a School District Scholarship for 2019 from The Center for Green Schools to reward them for their efforts.
Only five school districts across the United States received the scholarship, which allows 102,000 students and 170 schools to benefit from the support of the Center for Green Schools, according to a press release from CHCCS Community Relations Executive Director Jeff Nash.
The Center for Green Schools is a part of the U.S. Green Building Council and focuses on bringing sustainability to the classroom for a healthier future.
“The mission of the scholarship program is to provide support and networking opportunities for sustainability leaders, for working school systems to create organizational change,” said Phoebe Beierle, fellowship manager for Green Schools.
Since its start in 2010, the Center for Green Schools has worked to support schools that focus on environmental and sustainability issues in a one-on-one setting. Beierle said they aim to lead schools from a diverse geographic background who are already bringing about change to even higher levels of reform.
The School District Scholarship is not a direct financial grant but amounts to $20,000 through the programs and resources it provides. These resources include two conferences, one which occurred this past weekend and one scheduled for April, that teach staff members about green buildings and sustainability.
Teachers will be given access to a course that gives them the Green Classroom Professional Certificate and a curriculum that enhances sustainability in the classroom.
This award came after Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools got a Best of Green Schools award two years ago.
“We have worked hard to integrate environmental sustainability into our operations," said Dan Schnitzer, sustainability coordinator for CHCCS. "We have reduced our energy use by 24 percent and avoided over three million (dollars) in utility costs.”