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Two Michigan Schools Named As National Green Ribbon Schools

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

April 23, 2014

LANSING - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Renaissance High School in Clarkston and Lenawee Intermediate School District TECH Center in Adrian 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."

Forty-eight schools across the United States were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the honored schools “are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness and learning into their daily operations. They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs, improve health, and engage students with hands-on learning that prepares them with the thinking skills necessary to be successful in college and careers."

The schools were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies. The list of selectees includes 39 public schools and nine private schools from 27 states.

The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.  A report with highlights on the 57 honorees can be found here.




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