Ghita Carroll, Sustainability Coordinator

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Presenter: Susan Cousins, Bond Communications Specialist

Ghita Carroll was selected for the fall 2014 Superintendent’s Honor Roll in recognition of two recent achievements:

  • BVSD’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award and
  • The C3E Government Leadership Award given by the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative.

The Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award recognizes school districts for exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. The award is the consummate recognition of Ghita’s remarkable achievements as the district’s first sustainability coordinator.

Ghita’s work impacts all aspects of what we do as an organization; supporting our primary mission of education by providing healthy, comfortable learning environments and integrating sustainability into curriculum as well as reducing BVSD’s environmental impact by influencing how we conduct ourselves as an organization.

The progress made by the district over the past six years is impressive. Ghita led the district in creating a vision and goals for district-wide sustainability as well as board adopted policy formally supporting the efforts. District energy use has dropped 18 percent since 2010 and solar energy production has grown to provide approximately 8 percent of the district’s electricity. We’ve decreased water use 34 percent since 2008 and now approximately 20 percent of BVSD’s waste is diverted from landfills. Moreover, Ghita has created a sustainability culture by leading efforts, nurturing the interests of students and teachers and providing opportunities for them to take ownership of the district’s sustainability mission. In all of these initiatives, she never misses the educational opportunity for students.

Ghita would be quick to say these accomplishments are a team effort, and this is true. However, it is her leadership, recognized by the C3E award and fueled by her vision, initiative, energy and dedication that have pushed BVSD to emerge as a leader in school sustainability.”