FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education honored Conserve School on July 22, as a Green Ribbon School in recognition for its leadership in reducing environmental impact and cost, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.
Speaking of the award Andrea Suarez, director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools said, “It’s a mechanism for recognizing high-performing schools and districts – and using their example to spread best practices to other schools and districts.”
Conserve School was among 48 schools and nine school districts nationwide that were honored at the awards ceremony in Washington. Wisconsin was joined by Park Elementary, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District; Tomorrow River Community Charter School, Tomorrow River School District; Hurley K-12 School, Hurley School District; and the Greendale School District was a District Sustainability awardee.
“The idea for this Green Ribbon experience actually came from partners challenging us to figure out what we can do to shine a better spotlight,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. He praised schools for saving millions of dollars while making kids healthier and improving student achievement.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Stefan Anderson, Head of Conserve School. “It is my hope that with the support of their Conserve School experience our alumni will go back to their sending schools and encourage them to increase their efforts toward reducing their environmental impact and providing effective environmental education.”
A report with highlights on the 57 honorees along with more information on the federal recognition award can be found at http://www.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools.
Video information about Conserve School is available at: http://www.youtube.com/ConserveSchoolVideo
Photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.