Following Our Students' Lead


Fayette County Public Schools will be a global leader in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental literacy, energy efficiency and student wellness.


To empower students to create change through enduring improved sustainability by equipping school and community stakeholders with the tools and knowledge to preserve our natural and fiscal resources.

Our Approach

  • Embrace student-driven model
  • Create mindful engagement of diverse stakeholders and ideas
  • Utilize data-driven monitoring to inform decisions
  • Provide purposeful, continuous, comprehensive support to students and teachers
  • Core Values

    Integrity     Passion     Collaboration     Innovation

    Latest News

    Green Apple Day of Service at Russell Cave Elementary Makes National Headlines

    When US Green Building Council heard about Russell Cave Elementary's ambitious plans to makeover their outdoor classroom as part of their Green Apple Day of Service, they featured the highly collaborative effort nationally as a model for what can happen when students, teachers and community members work side-by-side. [More...]

    Three Fayette County schools were chosen as destinations for the US Dept of Education's Green Strides Tour: Healthy Schools, High Achieving Students

    The third largest solar thermal array in North America, a student energy team that single-handedley reduced their school's consumption by 47% and a Living Lab student team who explains how Sola Tubes work to visitors were just a few of the accomplishments in sustainability featured during Thursday's Green Strides Tour. [More...]

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Hosts 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration with Keynote Performer Ben Sollee

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council hosted its 3rd annual Earth Day Celebration April 28th in partnership with Bluegrass Greensource, LFUCG and KY American Water [More...]

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Earns Environmental Quality Award

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Earns KY Environmental Quality Commission Award by making all areas of sustainability including air quality, green spaces, energy, water quality and conservation and solid waste. [More...]

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council makes ‘Best of Green Schools’ list

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council makes ‘Best of Green Schools’ list and national recognition for their diverse partnerships, impact, vision and collaborative approach to improving sustainability in their community. [More...]

    Students Monitor Live Energy Consumption Through New EMC Software

    Student E=USE2 Teams are now equipped with live energy consumption data and corresponding graphs to monitor, track and compare their overall energy consumption to themselves or other schools in Fayette County. [More...]

    Green Apple Day of Service in Three FCPS schools

    Green Apple Day of Service Brings together hundreds of teachers, students and community partners to create outdoor learning spaces and improve environmental literacy. [More...]

    Four Schools Featured In Rain Garden Tour

    Four Fayette County schools proudly featured the instructional, water quality and biodiversity benefits of their rain garden during Saturday's Rain Garden Tour. Athens Chilesburg Elementary, Beaumont Middle and Henry Clay HS's gardens were grant-funded through LFUCG Stormwater Quality grants and designed and installed by local engineer Shelby Jett. Twelve FCPS schools have campus rain gardens planted and maintained by students and teachers through robust curriculum integration. [More...]

    The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Hosts 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council partners witih statewide environmental education organizations to host 2nd annual Earth Day Celebration [More...]

    Farm To School Takes Root at Cardinal Valley Elementary

    Cardinal Valley Elementary's 4th grade were the first to pilot an expanded, innovative model of Farm To School. [More...]

    High School Students Model Energy Conservation to Local Government

    Students Take School Energy Audits to IAKSS and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government [More...]

    Student Divert Plastic Water Bottles From Area Landfills

    Lexington high school students divert thousands of non-biodegradable plastic water bottles from area landfills by installing two bottle refilling stations in each public and private high school. [More...]

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Pilots First Youth Idea Festival

    Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Facilitates Inagural Event [More...]

    Board Approved Recycling Resolution Helps Schools Through Reycling Transition

    In many Fayette County Public Schools, recycling was the first student-driven sutsainability initiative. [More...]

    FCPS Receives TVA Grant to Collect Live Energy Data and Fund Student-Driven Projects

    FCPS Receives TVA Grant to Collect Live Energy Data and Fund Student-Driven Projects [More...]

    12 Energy Star Schools in 2012

    A dozen Energy Star schools were awarded at the December Board Meeting. [More...]

    Tates Creek High School Pilots Aquaponics

    Tates Creek High School is partnering with local business FoodChain to model sustainable agriculture with a comprehensive aquaponics system. Diana Mullins, TCHS science teacher, uses her system to bring to life concepts such as nutrient cycling, symobiosis, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture. [More...]

    Bryan Station Middle School Pilots Green Apple Day of Service

    Bryan Station Middle School serves as FCPS's pilot school for USGBC's Green Apple Day of Service. The Sept 29th collaborative event inspired over 35 community partners and volunteers to campus for garden installation, Sustainability Expo, campus landscaping and yarn bombing. [More...]

    New "Go Green + Earn Green" Program Announced

    Schools can earn cash for up to 10% of their energy savings. [More...]

    FY12 FCPS Annual Sustainability Report Released

    Sustainability Team releases FY12 report showing district energy consumption down by 19.99% [More...]

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