In the past, schools have received special recognition for high scores on tests, smart students, and superior teachers. Now there’s another award to vie for, recently announced by the Department of Education: the Green Ribbon! Winners of this award will include schools that provide healthy and sustainable learning environments and teach environmental literacy.
The goal of the program is to set kids up to be lifelong environmental citizens. The great thing about it is that we all reap the benefits from Green Ribbon winners. For example, by teaching kids environmental studies, they gain the tools to come up with solutions for a green future. Their future! Our future! Everyone wins! I salute any undertaking to greenify this place. Smaller carbon footprints ftw!
The Green Ribbon schools program will be modeled after the DoE’s Blue Ribbon schools program, awarded to high performing public and private schools. Applications to be a Green Ribbon school will be released later this year with winners announced next year.
For more information, check out the press release from the DoE.