28 Apr '11, 2pm

US Education Department Launches Landmark Green Schools Program

US Education Department Launches Landmark Green Schools Program

On Tuesday, the federal government launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program . Modeled after the Blue Ribbon Schools program , which recognizes academic distinction, the Green Ribbon Schools program will be a voluntary award, recognizing schools that are demonstrating excellence – or making notable improvement – toward sustainability. Though still in development, the program will evaluate schools across four categories: environmental education; energy efficiency and resource conservation; healthy operations and maintenance; and community engagement and service learning. The program is a mileston...

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