Second Annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced; First-ever District Awardees Named

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Second Annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced; First-ever District Awardees Named

Award Honors Schools and Districts for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs; Improving Health; and Offering Environmental Education

April 22, 2013

Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to announce the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

Sixty-four schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award. Duncan, Persiacepe, and Sutley made the announcement at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, in Washington, DC, one of the 2013 honored schools.

The schools were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 32 state education agencies. The list of selectees includes 54 public schools and 10 private schools. The public schools include seven charter, five magnet and four career and technical schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 40 elementary, 23 middle and 19 high schools are among them, with several schools having various K-12 configurations, from 29 states and the District of Columbia. Over half of the 2013 honorees serve a student body more than 40 percent of which is eligible for free and reduced price lunch. The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 78 honorees can be found here.

"Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green,” said Secretary Duncan. "They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools."

"Preparing students for success in the 21st century economy begins in our schools. The schools and districts being honored today are modeling the best practices in reducing environmental impact and cutting costs, creating a healthier learning environment, and providing students with an education geared toward the jobs of the future,” said Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley.

"EPA is proud to join the Department of Education in recognizing our nation's U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for their remarkable efforts to create healthier learning spaces and educate students on the importance of environmental protection," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are not only cutting costs thanks to energy-saving practices and use of more efficient technology, but they're also reducing instances of pollution-related illnesses like asthma, a leading cause of student absence. The students who attend these schools are better prepared than ever to become the next generation of environmental stewards and bring about a healthier, more sustainable future."

The Department is looking forward to a third year of awards, and will be publishing updated competition criteria this summer, once again working closely with participating states, collaborating organizations and partner agencies. State education agencies are encouraged to indicate intent to nominate schools in 2014 by August 1, 2013.

More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars in which the 2013 honorees are exemplary can be found here.

A list of the awardees follows:

  • Harriette W. Gwin Elementary School
    Hoover, AL
  • Munford Middle School and Munford High School
    Munford, AL
  • Fayetteville High School
    Sylacauga, AL
  • Talladega County
  • Fayetteville Distric
  • Charles Evans Hughes Middle School
    Long Beach, CA
  • Journey School
    Aliso Viejo, CA
  • Redding School of the Arts II
    Redding, CA
  • Prospect Sierra School
    El Cerrito, CA
  • Oak Park Unified School District
  • Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
    Ft. Collins, CO
  • Douglas County School District
  • Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School
    New Haven, CT
  • Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
    Hartford, CT
  • Common Ground High School
    New Haven, CT
  • St. Andrew's School
    Middletown, DE
District of Columbia
  • Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School
    Washington, DC
  • Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
    Washington, DC
  • Woodrow Wilson High School
    Washington, DC
  • Driftwood Middle School
    Hollywood, FL
  • St. Paul Lutheran School
    Lakeland, FL
  • School District of Palm Beach County
  • Ford Elementary School,
    Acworth, GA
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Guion Creek Middle School
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Starmont Community School
    Arlington IA
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District
  • Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School
    Shawnee, KS
  • Cane Run Elementary School
    Louisville, KY
  • Northern Elementary School
    Georgetown, KY
  • Locust Trace AgriScience Farm
    Lexington, KY
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School
    Germantown, MD
  • Summit Hall Elementary School
    Gaithersburg, MD
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School
    Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • Quincy High School
    Quincy, MA
  • Berkshire School Sheffield, MA
  • Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
  • Jeffers Pond Elementary School
    Prior Lake, MN
  • Heritage E-STEM Middle School
    West St. Paul, MN
  • School of Environmental Studies
    Apple Valley, MN
  • Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
  • Watkins Elementary School
    Jackson, MS
  • King Science and Technology Magnet Center
    Omaha, NE
New Hampshire
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
    Exeter, NH
New Jersey
  • Bedwell Elementary School
    Bernardsville, NJ
  • Summerfield Elementary School
    Neptune, NJ
New York
  • Crompond School
    Yorktown Heights, NY
  • PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey
    Staten Island, NY
  • Rye Country Day School
    Rye, NY
  • Kenston High School
    Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Broughal Community Middle School
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Nazareth Area Middle School
    Nazareth, PA
  • Westtown School
    West Chester, PA
  • Lower Merion School District
Rhode Island
  • The Compass School
    Kingston, RI
  • Providence Career and Technical Academy
    Providence, RI
  • Ivy Academy
    Soddy-Daisy, TN
  • Lipscomb Academy Elementary School
    Nashville, TN
  • Reading Elementary School
    Reading, VT
  • St. Albans City School
    St. Albans, VT
  • Shelburne Community School
    Shelburne, VT
  • Stony Point Elementary School
    Keswick, VA
  • Magna Vista High School
    Ridgeway, VA
  • Glacier Park Elementary School
    Maple Valley, WA
  • Sacajawea Elementary School
    Vancouver, WA
  • Tahoma Senior High School
    Covington, WA
  • The Evergreen School
    Shoreline, WA
  • Kent School District
West Virginia
  • Hometown Elementary School
    Red House, WV
  • Petersburg Elementary School
    Petersburg, WV
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Summit Environmental School
    La Crosse, WI
  • Westlawn Elementary School
    Cedarburg, WI
  • Jefferson Elementary-Fox River Academy
    Appleton, WI
  • Racine Montessori School
    Racine, WI
  • School District of Fort Atkinson