Obama Administration Names 78 Schools in 29 States and D.C. as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Obama Administration Names 78 Schools in 29 States and D.C. as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Winners Represent a Diverse Portfolio of Schools, Includes 66 Public and 12 Private Schools in Urban and Rural Communities

April 23, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined today by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools that span 29 states and D.C.

The announcement was made during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, one of D.C.'s two honorees.

"Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating "green" environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.

"Schools that take a green approach cut costs on their utility bills, foster healthy and productive classrooms, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century economy," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "These Green Ribbon School award winners are taking outstanding steps to educate tomorrow's environmental leaders, and demonstrating how sustainability and environmental awareness make sense for the health of our students and our country."

The 78 awarded schools were named winners from among nearly 100 nominees submitted by 30 state education agencies, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education. More than 350 schools completed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools, including 8 charters, and 12 private schools. In total, the schools are composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools.

"These Green Ribbon Schools are giving students and educators what they need to maximize learning and minimize risks like asthma and other respiratory illnesses, ensuring that no child is burdened by pollution in or around their school," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Today's winners are protecting our children's health and opening up environmental education opportunities for students. The EPA is proud to help recognize the Green Ribbon award winners and will continue working to improve the environment of our nation's schools and helping prepare students to succeed in the emerging green economy."

The U.S. Department of Education's "Green Ribbons" are one-year recognition awards. Next year's competition will open in summer 2012. State agencies are encouraged to send their intents to submit nominees by June 15, 2012 via email to green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov.

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A complete list of the 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools follows:


  • Munford Elementary School
    Munford, Alabama

  • Winterboro High School
    Talladega, Alabama


  • The STAR School
    Flagstaff, Arizona

  • Roadrunner Elementary School
    Phoenix, Arizona


  • Acorn High School
    Mena, Arkansas


  • Longfellow Elementary School
    Long Beach, California

  • Environmental Charter High School
    Lawndale, California

  • Grand View Elementary School
    Manhattan Beach, California

  • The Athenian School
    Danville, California


  • Flagstone Elementary School
    Castle Rock, Colorado

  • Denver Green School
    Denver, Colorado

  • Wellington Middle School
    Wellington, Colorado

District of Columbia

  • Stoddert Elementary School
    Washington, DC

  • Sidwell Friends Middle School
    Washington, DC


  • Learning Gate Community School
    Lutz, Florida

  • Pine Jog Elementary School
    West Palm Beach, Florida

  • TERRA Environmental Research Institute
    Miami, Florida


  • Springdale Park Elementary School
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Arabia Mountain High School
    Lithonia, Georgia

  • Savannah Country Day School
    Savannah, Georgia


  • Ewa Makai Middle School
    Ewa Beach, Hawaii

  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy
    Kamuela, Hawaii


  • Academy for Global Citizenship
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Thomas J. Waters Elementary School
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Prairie Crossing Charter School
    Grayslake, Illinois


  • Des Moines Central Campus High School
    Des Moines, Iowa


  • Eisenhower High School
    Goddard, Kansas

  • Erie High School
    Erie, Kansas

  • Brookwood Elementary
    Leawood, Kansas


  • Rosa Parks Elementary School
    Lexington, Kentucky

  • Georgetown Middle School
    Georgetown, Kentucky

  • Richardsville Elementary School
    Bowling Green, Kentucky


  • Dunloggin Middle School
    Ellicott City, Maryland

  • Francis Scott Key Middle School
    Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Folger McKinsey Elementary School
    Severna Park, Maryland

  • Lucy School
    Middletown, Maryland


  • Clarkston High School
    Clarkston, Michigan

  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy
    Detroit, Michigan


  • North Shore Community School
    Duluth, Minnesota

  • Garlough Environmental Magnet School
    West St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Kennedy Community School
    Saint Joseph, Minnesota


  • Crossroads College Preparatory School
    St. Louis, Missouri

  • The College School
    St. Louis, Missouri


  • Lothrop Science & Technology Magnet Center
    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Miller Park Elementary
    Omaha, Nebraska

New Jersey

  • Bernards High School
    Bernardsville, New Jersey

  • Midtown Community Elementary School
    Neptune, New Jersey

  • Adler Avenue Middle School
    Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

  • The Willow School
    Gladstone, New Jersey

New York

  • Hampton Bays Middle School
    Hampton Bays, New York

  • Sleepy Hollow Middle School
    Sleepy Hollow, New York

  • Bethlehem Central Middle School
    Delmar, New York

North Carolina

  • Evergreen Community Charter School
    Asheville, North Carolina

  • American Hebrew Academy
    Greensboro, North Carolina

North Dakota (Bureau of Indian Education)

  • Circle of Nations
    Wahpeton, North Dakota


  • Loveland High School
    Loveland, Ohio

  • North Adams Elementary School
    Seaman, Ohio


  • Sunnyside Environmental School
    Portland, Oregon

  • Willamina Elementary School
    Willamina, Oregon

  • Gladstone High School
    Gladstone, Oregon

  • Catlin Gable School
    Portland, Oregon


  • Radnor Middle School
    Wayne, Pennsylvania

  • Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School
    Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

  • A.W. Beattie Career Center
    Allison Park, Pennsylvania

  • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

  • Classical High School
    Providence, Rhode Island

  • Nathan Bishop Middle School
    Providence, Rhode Island


  • Fishburn Park Elementary School
    Roanoke, Virginia

  • The Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration
    Rocky Mount, Virginia


  • Tahoma Junior High School
    Ravensdale, Washington

  • Camelot Elementary School
    Auburn, Washington

  • Secondary Academy for Success
    Bothell, Washington

  • The Overlake School
    Redmond, Washington

West Virginia

  • Hilltop Elementary School
    Wheeling, West Virginia

  • Wyoming County Career & Technical Center
    Pineville, West Virginia


  • Dimensions of Learning Academy
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • Middleton High School
    Middleton, Wisconsin

  • Purdy Elementary School
    Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin