U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Effective Sustainability Education
May 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Georgia.

"I commend each school, district, and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy learning environment for students, faculty and staff," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "These schools have done exemplary work to help prepare the rising generation for the careers and challenges of the 21st Century."

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 39 public schools, including five magnet schools and one charter school, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 14 percent are rural. The postsecondary honorees include three career and technical and community colleges.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 63 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Following is the list of 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Award, and Postsecondary Sustainability Award honorees:


  • Childersburg Elementary School
    Childersburg, AL
  • Sycamore School
    Sycamore, AL
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL


  • Yosemite High School
    Merced, CA
  • The Thacher School
    Ojai, CA
  • Culver City Unified School District
    Culver City, CA
  • Montecito Union School District
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District
    Redondo Beach, CA


  • Sedalia Elementary School
    Sedalia, CO
  • Colorado Mountain College
    Glenwood Springs, CO


  • Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School
    Norwich, CT


  • Forwood Elementary School
    Wilmington, DE
  • Neil Postlethwait Middle School
    South Camden, DE

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Tarawa Terrace Elementary School
    Tarawa Terrace, NC


  • Castle Creek Elementary School
    Orlando, FL
  • Surfside Elementary School
    Satellite Beach, FL
  • Wilton Manors Elementary School
    Wilton Manors, FL
  • Air Base K-8 Center
    Homestead, FL
  • Duval County Public Schools
    Jacksonville, FL


  • Gilbert Elementary School
    LaFayette, GA
  • Kinchafoonee Primary School
    Leesburg, GA
  • Morningside Elementary School
    Atlanta, GA
  • University of Georgia
    Athens, GA


  • Maercker Intermediate School Westmont, IL
  • Chiaravalle Montessori School
    Evanston, IL


  • Burris Laboratory School
    Muncie, IN
  • Bethany Christian Schools
    Goshen, IN


  • Iowa Lakes Community College
    Estherville, IA


  • Morton Middle School
    Lexington, KY


  • Belle Chasse Academy
    Belle Chasse, LA
  • Mayfair Laboratory School
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA


  • William Tyler Page Elementary School
    Silver Spring, MD
  • John Poole Middle School
    Poolesville, MD


  • Edgewood Early Childhood & La ola del lago Spanish Immersion School
    Prior Lake, MN
  • Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School
    Eagan, MN
  • Bemidji State University
    Bemidji, MN


  • McKelvey Elementary School
    Maryland Heights, MO
  • Parkway North High School,
    St. Louis, MO
  • Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
    Maplewood, MO


  • Whitefish School District
    Whitefish, MT


  • Chandler View Elementary School
    Omaha, NE
  • Omaha Northwest Magnet High School
    Omaha, NE

New Hampshire

  • Keene State College
    Keene, NH

New Jersey

  • George L. Catrambone Elementary School
    Long Branch, NJ
  • Long Branch Middle School
    Long Branch, NJ

New Mexico

  • Sandia Vista Elementary School
    Rio Rancho, NM


  • Lakewood Catholic Academy
    Lakewood, OH


  • Portland Waldorf School
    Milwaukie, OR


  • Coebourn Elementary School
    Brookhaven, PA
  • The School District of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA

Rhode Island

  • Moses Brown School
    Providence, RI
  • Rhode Island College
    Providence, RI


  • Centreville Elementary School
    Centreville, VA
  • Discovery Elementary School
    Arlington, VA
  • Albermarle Public Schools
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
    Fairfax, VA


  • Green Gables Elementary School
    Federal Way, WA
  • Lakeridge Elementary School
    Mercer Island, WA


  • Houlton Elementary School
    Houlton, WI
  • Kromrey Middle School
    Kromrey, WI
  • Washburn School District
    Washburn, WI
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    Stevens Point, WI