For the past five years, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities and the Manassas City Public Schools have been ‘going green’ by championing the Go Green Initiative, a comprehensive environmental program that teaches earth-friendly behaviors and helps evaluate environmental impact. From school energy audits to learning gardens, Manassas City Schools are helping students grow up green and educating them on the benefits of recycling and reusing. Going Green Initiatives are endorsed by the National School Board Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and Parent-Teacher Associations throughout the United States. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.
Environmental stewardship programs at Manassas City Schools, include: glue stick recycling, cell phones for soldiers, single-stream recycling, energy audits by support-services staff, learning, herb and rain gardens with reading centers, cafeteria recycling, walking trails, and the Safe Routes to School program that encourages students to walk and bicycle to school. Also, the schools are currently in a state-wide contest to collect the most plastic bags to win a grand prize made from TREX lumber. The contest ends on Earth Day in April, 2013.
“Manassas Public Works has been a long-standing advocate of environment-friendly programs, so we’re thrilled to be a part of educating our next generation on the benefits of reusing and recycling,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas. “Conservation of our resources begins at home, and education is the key to spreading the word of its importance,” said Moon.
“Manassas City schools are on the front lines of recycling, teaching our youngest students the value of reusing, and laying the groundwork for them to be aware of their resources and how they can wisely use them,” said Sandy Thompson, supervisor of administrative services for Manassas City Schools. “The Safe Routes to School program has demonstrated the benefits of exercise and helping our environment,” said Thompson.
Manassas City Schools earned the 2009 Magna Awards, which recognizes schools across the U.S. for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. All Manassas City Public Schools are registered Eco Schools and have been recognized twice for awards, once in 2011 and in 2012, from the Virginia School Board Association for their Growing Up Green Program and the Green Schools Challenge. They were also recognized by the Virginia Recycling Association for the Outstanding Waste Reduction and Prevention Group in 2009.
ABOUT GO GREEN INITIATIVE
The Go Green Initiative involves a partnership with students, teachers, administrators, custodians and parents and can be aligned with existing Virginia Standards of Learning curriculum. Through activities such as recycling, composting, and waste reduction, the Go Green Initiative encourages environmentally responsible behavior in and out of the classroom. The program focuses on five basic principles: generate compost – it’s nature’s way of recycling; recycle everything that cannot be reused and purchase items that can be recycled; educate students, parents, and teachers about environmentally responsible behavior; evaluate the environmental impact of every activity; and nationalize the principles of responsible paper consumption. For more information about the program, contact 571-377-6043
ABOUT CITY OF MANASSAS
Established in1913, the City of Manassas Utilities/Public Works department ensures the availability of safe, reliable water usage, electric utilities, as well as provides responsive maintenance and collection services at an affordable cost to citizens of Manassas, Va., Manassas Park, Va. and parts of Prince William County, Va. It is noted for its environment-friendly projects and equipment, while tasked with capital projects that enhance public and private infrastructure. The utilities team participates in community fundraisers, like Toys for Tots, the United Way, American Public Power Association Tree Power and Arbor Day. The department holds memberships with America Public Power Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia. The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of 35,821, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.