Daring to Disturb the District: Green Ribbon Schools Connect Kids to Conservation

The overall environmental impacts of both OSSE and the D.C. Healthy Schools Act have been on full display as of late, culminating in the recent announcement of Stoddert Elementary School and Sidwell Friends Middle School as Two of only 78 inaugural U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Designees nationwide.

District schools are among the healthiest and greenest in the country, and both Stoddert Elementary School and Sidwell Friends Middle School are great examples of how the school facility itself can be used as a classroom to teach and engage students in environmental education.

A LEED (leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified Building and the District of Columbia’s first full geothermal school facility, Stoddert was also awarded an inaugural OSSE School Garden Grant to further engage students in garden-based learning and hands-on nutrition education as part of the school’s 4,000 square foot teaching garden and in support of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.

Situated in the nation’s capital and best known for its famous alumni, Sidwell Friends Middle School is also noted as the first K-12 Building in the world to receive an LEED Platinum Rating, has a green roof, solar panels, and sophisticated rain catchment system, and sources up to 80% of its seasonal food from within 200 miles of the school.

Green Ribbon Schools are an important step toward creating a new generation of environmental stewards, and OSSE is proud of the achievements these two schools have made to not only mobilize youth to take an active ownership in preserving the environmental health, sustainability and energy efficiency of their schools, but also to ensure District of Columbia students better appreciate natural green spaces and make ‘green living’ a hands-on, accessible experience – not to mention presenting new career options that previously may never have been considered.

Congrats Green Ribbon School Nominees and Winners!

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