FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012
OSSE Submits District’s First Green Ribbon Schools Application to U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC – Celebrating schools that successfully engage students in environmental and nutrition-based learning while integrating curriculum themes that support sustainability, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) today announced that four District of Columbia schools have been nominated for designation among the “greenest” nationwide as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s inaugural Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce national Green Ribbon School Award winners on April 23.
Representing District of Columbia Public, Private and Charter Schools and selected by OSSE after a competitive application process, the Four Green Ribbon School Nominees are:
- Sidwell Friends School (Ward 3)
- Stoddert Elementary School (Ward 3)
- Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School (Ward 8)
- Woodrow Wilson Senior High School (Ward 3)
“The District of Columbia is committed to environmental stewardship, and this begins in our schools,” said State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley, citing the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010 as one of the most ambitious health and nutrition initiatives in the country. “OSSE will continue to encourage and support school programs that build the next generation of environmental stewards, and we expect our four nominees to be very competitive for this coveted award.”
Along with OSSE, several community organizations and local government agencies also participated in the selection of the four Green Ribbon School nominees, evaluating how each school incorporated environmental and health instruction with student impact while providing resources to save energy, reduce costs, protect health, promote conservation, foster wellness, improve environmental literacy and cultivate community engagement.
“District schools are among the healthiest and greenest nationwide,” said Sean S. Miller, Education Director at Earth Day Network and member of the District of Columbia’s Green Ribbon Schools Review Committee. “We hope this groundbreaking initiative inspires every District school to increase their sustainability efforts and apply for the Green Ribbon Schools Award next school year and beyond.”
30 states and the District of Columbia participated in the pilot year of the Green Ribbon Schools Program, the first comprehensive green schools program commissioned by the federal government. Along with the April 23 announcement, a U.S. Department of Education national ceremony is also scheduled for June 5, 2012.
Additional information about the District of Columbia Green Ribbon Schools Application is available online via http://osse.dc.gov/publication/green-ribbon-school-application.