The Fort Bragg Green Schools Initiative is a means for teachers, school personnel, students and parents on the installation to implement sustainability into their places of learning and carry these practices into their daily lives.
The FBGSI supports the Department of Defense Education Activity STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum and Engineering Design Process by allowing teachers and students to make real world connections to the benefits of resource stewardship, conservation and pollution prevention and to apply those connections to classroom learning. Thus, schools can foster a generation of students who are actively engaged in their environment and have the practical skills to solve problems. In addition, schools that participate in the FBGSI can conserve fiscal resources for DoDEA through activities such as energy conservation and water conservation.
To participate in the FBGSI, schools will follow a set of guidelines and implement a variety of both required and optional sustainability measures such as energy conservation, water conservation, sustainable purchasing and waste reduction. When these measures have been integrated, the FBGSI program coordinator will conduct an audit of the campus, and the participating school will earn its official Green School certification. School representatives are invited to the Sustainability Management Council and are formally presented with their certification by Fort Bragg leadership. Certified Green Schools are among an elite group of agencies on the installation that are publicly and positively recognized for their commitment to sustainability at Fort Bragg and in the community.
Shughart Middle School on Fort Bragg is the first and currently only green school in the Army and was certified in November 2012.
To become a green school, contact the FBGSI Program Coordinator at 432.8476.
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