The US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is an innovative approach that entices schools to improve their eco-attributes.
The program recognizes schools that work to reduce environmental impact and costs, provide a better environment for student and staff health and educate students on environmental and sustainability issues. Schools that do well in these three areas, also known as Pillars, are recognized by the Department of Education.
According to a release from the Department of Education, the award “is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.”
In 2013, the second annual Green Ribbon Awards honored 78 schools and programs, with 29 states and the District of Columbia all represented. The types of activities that earn recognition included a construction project at a school in Alabama that preserved a wetland area, fourteen million in energy energy savings at a Colorado school district, and a rooftop solar power project at a New Jersey school.
A summary of 2014 honorees include:
Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, Hoover,
F. E. Burleson Elementary School, Hartselle, Homewood Middle School, Homewood.
Lowell Elementary School, Long Beach, Mark Twain Elementary School, Long Beach,
San Domenico School, San Anselmo, Encinitas Union School District, Encinitas.
Larkspur Elementary School, Larkspur, Lesher Middle School, Fort Collins,
Mesa Elementary School, Cortez, Boulder Valley School District.
Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School, Bridgeport.
Red Clay Consolidated School District (RCCSD).
Broward County Public Schools.
Arcado Elementary School, Lilburn, High Meadows School, Roswell.
Woodland Primary School, Gages Lake.
Carmel High School, Carmel,
St. Thomas Aquinas School, Indianapolis.
Wellington Elementary, Lexington.
North Carroll High School, Carroll,
Travilah Elementary School, Potomac.
Boston Latin School, Boston
Renaissance High School, Clarkston,
Lenawee Intermediate School District TECH Center, Adrian.
Chisago Lakes Middle School, Lindstrom,
Five Hawks Elementary School, Prior Lake,
Waconia Public School District.
Fontenelle Elementary, Omaha, Omaha Public School District.
Kellman Brown Academy, Voorhees,
Three Bridges School, Three Bridges.
Amy Biehl Community School, Santa Fe.
Anne Hutchinson Elementary School, Eastchester.
Exploris Middle School, Raleigh.
Milton-Union PK- School, West Milton, Ohio
Metro Catholic School, Cleveland, Ohio
West Geauga High School, Chesterland.
Jesuit High School, Portland, Willamette High School, Eugene.
Council Rock School District.
Claiborne Pell Elementary School, Newport,
The Greene School, Greenwich.
Camels Hump Middle School, Richmond, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg,
Lake Region Union High School, Orleans.
Bertschi School, Seattle, Wash.
Shadow Lake Elementary, Maple Valley, Wash.
Vancouver Public Schools.
Cameron Middle-High School, Cameron W.V.
Eastwood Elementary School, Morgantown.
Conserve School, Land O’ Lakes,
Hurley K- School, Hurley,
Park Elementary School, Cross Plains,
Tomorrow River Community Charter School, Amherst,
Greendale School District.
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