2013 Green Ribbon Schools Announced!

On Earth Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the sixty-four 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and 14 District Sustainability Awardees during a visit to Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Joined by Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Acting Administrator of the EPA Bob Persiacepe, and eager early learners, Duncan praised the selected schools and districts and reminded the classroom that: “Healthy, safe, educationally adequate facilities; wellness practices like outdoors physical activity and good nutrition; and environmental education are part of a vital cradle to career pipeline.”

This year’s honorees, from 29 states and the District of Columbia, provide concrete examples of how all schools can reduce costs and environmental impact, promote better health and wellness; and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways. Among the honored schools, 54 are public, including seven charter, five magnet and four career and technical schools, and ten are private schools. More than fifty percent of the awardees serve disadvantaged populations.

These schools and districts provide examples of how to excel in all of three award Pillars – whatever a school or district’s resources. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. Read all about their exemplary, yet replicable, practices here.

Earth Day Network is especially proud to congratulate Green Ribbon School Winner Yu Ying PCS based in Washington, DC. Earth Day Network partnered with Yu Ying back in November to help build an observation deck and outdoor classroom so students can utilize a storm water pond for experimental learning. The deck was built to bolster the Green Ribbon Schools application for Yu Ying, and all the hard work paid off! Congratulations to all involved.

Photo Credit: Paul Wood/Department of Education