Four dozen schools and nine school districts were honored today with the National Green Ribbon Schools award from the US Department of Education.
In a webcast ceremony at the Department of Education, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the national winners of the Green Ribbon Schools award, honoring 48 schools and nine school districts for 2014. The list includes two schools in Maryland and one in Illinois:
- Travilah Elementary School (Montgomery County), North Potomac, Md.
- North Carroll High School (Carroll County), Hampstead, Md.
- Woodland Primary School (Woodland School District 50), Gages Lake, Ill.
“Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness, and learning into their daily operations,” Mr Duncan said during the ceremony. “They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs, improve health, and engage students with hands-on learning that prepares them with the thinking skills necessary to be successful in college and careers.”
Participating States in green (Source: US Education Department)
Gov Martin O’Malley of Maryland praised the state’s two honorees, noting that Maryland has made caring for the environment a priority.
“Over the last seven years, we’ve worked to build the next generation of environmental stewards to take on the challenges facing our planet,” he said. “That’s why we’ve made the better choice to invest in innovative environmental programs for children — to ensure that we meet our goals for improving the health of the air, land, and water we love while also promoting 21st-century environmental best practices and careers.
“With over 2,800 students planting 46,000 trees across our state, we’re empowering the next generation to harness their potential to create a more sustainable future for our state and our world.”
Top states were Wisconsin, which brought in four school Green Ribbons and one district Green Ribbon, and California and Colorado, which each had three schools and one district honored as National Green Ribbon Schools.