Obama Administration Names 78 Schools, Including Three Illinois Schools, as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Monday, April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined today by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools that span 29 states and D.C.
The announcement was made during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, one of D.C.’s two honorees.
“Science, environmental and outdoor education plays a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments.”
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.
The Illinois schools recognized are:
Academy for Global Citizenship
4647 West 47th Street
Thomas J. Waters Elementary School
4540 North Campbell Avenue
Prairie Crossing Charter School
1531 Jones Point Road