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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced, Includes Two Schools in Western PA

Award Honors Schools, Districts and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Effective Sustainability Education, Including Two PA Schools

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six 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 Florida.

“I commend each school, district and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy, safe and cost-efficient learning environment for students, faculty and staff,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These schools have done innovative work to help prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century while also teaching them how to be good stewards of the environment.”

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

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 58 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 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Award, and Postsecondary Sustainability Award honorees:

Alabama

  • Legacy Elementary School
    Madison, AL
  • Woodland Forrest Elementary School
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Jacksonville State University
    Jacksonville, AL

California

  • Monterey Road Elementary School
    Atascadero, CA
  • Top of the World Elementary School
    Laguna Beach, CA
  • Maple Village Waldorf School
    Long Beach, CA
  • Jack London Community Day School
    Valley Glen, CA
  • Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
    Truckee, CA

Colorado

  • Central High School
    Grand Junction, CO
  • Mackintosh Academy
    Littleton, CO

Connecticut

  • Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School
    Danbury, CT

Delaware

  • Emalea P. Warner Elementary School
    Wilmington, DE

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Spangdahlem Middle School
    Spangdahlem, Germany

Florida

  • Gove Elementary School
    Belle Glade, FL

Georgia

  • Charles R. Drew Charter School
    Atlanta, GA
  • Godley Station K-8 School
    Savannah, GA
  • Saddle Ridge Elementary Middle School
    Rock Springs, GA
  • Lanier High School
    Sugar Hill, GA
  • Georgia Southern University
    Statesboro, GA

Hawaii

  • Honowai Elementary School
    Waipahu, HI

Illinois

  • Monroe Elementary School
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Southside Occupational Academy
    Chicago, IL
  • Wolcott School
    Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL

Iowa

  • St. Columbkille Elementary School
    Dubuque, IA

Kansas

  • Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District
    Manhattan, KS

Kentucky

  • Meadowthorpe Elementary School
    Lexington, KY

Maryland

  • Newport Mill Middle School
    Kensington, MD
  • Manchester Valley High School
    Manchester, MD

Massachusetts

  • Arlington Public Schools
    Arlington, MA
  • Mendon-Upton Regional School District
    Mendon, MA

Minnesota

  • North Park Elementary School
    Fridley, MN
  • Moreland Arts and Health Science Magnet School
    West St. Paul, MN
  • River’s Edge Academy School
    St. Paul, MN
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
    St. Peter, MN

Missouri

  • Elementary School
    Creve Coeur, MO
  • Green Trails Elementary School
    Chesterfield, MO
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School
    Kirkwood, MO
  • St. Louis University High School
    St. Louis, MO

Montana

  • Superior School District
    Superior, MT

New Jersey

  • Highland Regional High School
    Blackwood, NJ
  • North Brunswick Township High School
    North Brunswick, NJ

New York

  • Park Avenue Elementary School
    Warwick, NY
  • Warwick Valley High School
    Warwick, NY

Ohio

  • Magnificat High School
    Rocky River, OH

Pennsylvania

  • Wexford Elementary School
    Wexford, PA
  • Mt. Lebanon High School
    Pittsburgh, PA

Rhode Island

  • Potter-Burns Elementary School
    Pawtucket, RI
  • The University of Rhode Island
    Kingston, RI

Virginia

  • Lanier Middle School
    Fairfax, VA
  • Henry County Public Schools
    Collinsville, VA

Washington

  • Broad View Elementary School
    Oak Harbor, WA
  • Carnation Elementary School
    Carnation, WA
  • Eatonville Elementary School
    Eatonville, WA
  • Weyerhaeuser Elementary School
    Eatonville, WA

Wisconsin

  • Brooklyn Elementary School
    Oregon, WI
  • Oregon Middle School
    Oregon, WI
  • Gateway Technical College
    Kenosha, WI

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