DPI: State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated two public schools, one school district, and one postsecondary institution from Wisconsin that were among 73 recently honored with a 2016 Green Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education.
The two state school awardees — Glen Hills Middle School in Glendale, Glendale-River Hills School District, and West Middleton Elementary School in Verona, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District — are among only 47 schools recognized nationwide as 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Additionally, the Granton Area School District was among only 15 nationwide to receive the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was one of 11 institutions that received the Green Ribbon awards, announced on Earth Day by the U.S. Department of Education and White House Council of Environmental Quality.
“Wisconsin’s environmental tradition continues with this year’s Green Ribbon recipients,” Evers said. “They are out front on reducing their environmental impact and utility costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff members, and ensuring effective sustainability education efforts that will ensure the wellbeing of future generations. Congratulations on receiving this award.”
CBS58.com: U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss Friday to announce the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on the Department’s YouTube channel. Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
In Wisconsin, Glen Hills Middle School in Glendale; Granton Area School District in Granton; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee; and West Middleton Elementary School in Verona are among those being honored nationwide 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.
“I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices,” King said. “The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best.”