Two Michigan Schools Awarded National Green Ribbon Schools Awards

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Communications (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

April 24, 2012

LANSING - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan applauded the announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Education that Clarkston High School and Detroit Edison Public School Academy have been designated Green Ribbon Schools.

"It's indeed an honor for these Michigan schools to have their efforts recognized by the U.S. Department of Education," Flanagan said. "Advancing environmental stewardship through education is a model that every school can adopt and from which students and educators can gain many benefits."

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 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.

"Science and environmental education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."

Award-winning schools will be invited to Washington, D.C. for a ceremony to celebrate their success, share information and receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement.

"Schools that take a green approach cut costs on their utility bills, foster healthy and productive classrooms, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century economy," said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "These Green Ribbon School award winners are taking outstanding steps to educate tomorrow's environmental leaders, and demonstrating how sustainability and environmental awareness make sense for the health of our students and our country."

The 78 awarded schools were named winners from among nearly 100 nominees submitted by 30 state education agencies, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education. More than 350 schools completed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools including eight charters, and 12 private schools composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle, and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools.

The U.S. Department of Education's "Green Ribbons" are one-year recognition awards. Next year's competition will open in summer 2012.

Connect with more U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools resources.

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