For the past five years, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities and the Manassas City Public Schools in Virginia have been 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, the initiative is helping students grow up green and educating them on the benefits of recycling and reusing.

Environmental stewardship programs at Manassas City Schools include glue stick recycling, cell phones for soldiers, single-stream recycling, energy audits by support-services staff, 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.

“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,” says Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.

“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,” says Sandy Thompson, supervisor of administrative services for Manassas City Schools.

All Manassas City Public Schools are registered Eco Schools and have been recognized twice for awards 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.