2017 Green Ribbon Schools honored

2017 Green Ribbon Schools honored

Graphic courtesy of USGBC

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the recipients of the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), an awards program that acknowledges a deep commitment to sustainable practices among the nation’s leading schools, districts and institutions of higher education. 

A total of 63 honorees—including 45 schools, nine post-secondary institutions and nine school districts—received the prestigious award for their demonstrated leadership across three pillars:

  • Reduced environmental impact and costs,
  • Improved health and wellness and
  • Effective environmental and sustainability education. 

Now in its sixth year, the program has honored 340 schools, 56 districts and 34 postsecondary institutions.

As part of this significant recognition program within the green schools movement, recipients of this year’s award model best practices for educating and inspiring the next generation of 21st century citizens. Showing the breadth of the green schools movement, 44 percent of this year’s awardees serve under-resourced communities, and 14 percent are in rural areas. Charter, non-public and magnet schools are included, as well as career, technical and community colleges.

Each participating state in this voluntary program is allowed to nominate up to four schools and one district that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainability. This year’s pool of candidates were nominated and reviewed by 29 state education authority implementation teams, including 28 states and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The green schools movement has grown broader and deeper since 2011, when key advocates, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, steered some 80 national and state-based nonprofits to request that the U.S. Department of Education honor schools for their sustainability efforts and contributions.

The winners are:

Alabama

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

California

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

Colorado

  • Sedalia Elementary School
    Sedalia
  • Colorado Mountain College
    Glenwood Springs

Connecticut

  • Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School
    Norwich

Delaware

  • Forwood Elementary School
    Wilmington
  • F. Neil Postlethwait Middle School
    South Camden

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Tarawa Terrace Elementary School
    Tarawa Terrace

Florida

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

Georgia

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

Illinois

  • Maercker Intermediate School
    Westmont
  • Chiaravalle Montessori School
    Evanston

Indiana

  • Burris Laboratory School
    Muncie
  • Bethany Christian Schools
    Goshen

Iowa

  • Iowa Lakes Community College
    Estherville

Kentucky

  • Morton Middle School
    Lexington

Louisiana

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

Maryland

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

Minnesota

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

Missouri

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

Montana

  • Whitefish School District
    Whitefish

Nebraska

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

New Hampshire

  • Keene State College
    Keene

New Jersey

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

New Mexico

  • Sandia Vista Elementary School
    Rio Rancho

Ohio

  • Lakewood Catholic Academy
    Lakewood

Oregon

  • Portland Waldorf School
    Milwaukie

Pennsylvania

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

Rhode Island

  • Moses Brown School
    Providence
  • Rhode Island College
    Providence

Virginia

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

Washington

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

Wisconsin

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

 


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Educational Buildings, Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities, Energy Saving Products, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC


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