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Photo #1: Strategy. Leadership. Money. Positive Publicity. Communities create mutual success / support for individual efforts! Overview of local folks making a difference since 2008 by perseverance, and creating positive change. 1) Schools 2) County 3) Vint Hill EDA 4) Commercial 5) Residential 6) Town of Warrenton: Case study on how NOT to do it (all talk / no action)! Note: ToW approved first roundabout near WalMart in 2017 YEA!
Photo #2: Vision. Mission. Money. Commitment. School Support Counsel and guests visit to Sidwell Friends in January 2009 was an eye-opener. The TOP 1% are preparing their children for a New Beginning." Cost was $35K+ / year / student. In 2013 our first "Building that teaches" is dedicated. A new "culture" at FHS allows students to educate peers, teachers, staff, alumni, dignitaries, guests, and parents. 60 minute "tours" show where we were in the fifties, where we are today, and where we will be tomorrow.
Photo #3: Daily operations are key to future success. School Administration, Executives, BOS, Principals, Teachers and ALL staff need to continually know / recognize best practices in fields of expertise, bus drivers included.
Photo #4: Students travel for sports. At this Virginia High School they park in front of the aquatic center (2 indoor pools), planetarium, and school administrative office building. How intimidating is that? Washington Lee High School in Arlington hosted the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) Annual Meeting on 20th October 2012. Tim Kaine / Chris Miller presented to attendees. Michael Rainger talked about our own public school system. Fauquier High School can be the same magnet due to leading-edge energy related technologies. The community "theatre" is a perfect starting point for tours of the new wing.
Photo #5: Learning from our rich history: Airlie Island of Thought ('60s), FHS Solar / PEC / CFFC ('70s). What to do now? Islands of Excellence has a certain ring to it? Recognizes historical achievements. Publicizes current projects that are more sustainable. Strategizes for our collective future.
1) $30M of Capital Improvements (2010 estimates) in our schools takes them net zero and saves about $3M per year at current fuel / utility prices. ROI of 10 years. Power out. Lights stay on. Emergency preparedness link. Jobs! Local economic benefits.
2) Think BIG Thoughts - compare to other school districts
3) Encourage leadership cooperation - BOS
4) Engage students, parents, teachers, staff more than now
5) Ensure continuous sustainable improvement
6) Track results
7) CELEBRATE each and every SUCCESS!
UP IN SMOKE: The Saint James’ Green Team invites you to a serious conversation about the energy efficiency of our homes, churches, schools, and public buildings on Sunday January 17, 2016 at 4 PM, in the Parish Hall, Warrenton - Tell a friend - Pass it on