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U.S. Department of Education Honors Top Green Schools of 2024

May 3, 2024 | Public | 0 comments

The U.S. Department of Education revealed the 2024 Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. The announcement came as the White House hosted the first-ever Summit for Sustainable and Healthy K-12 School Buildings and Grounds.

Across the country, 41 schools, 10 districts, three postsecondary institutions, and one early learning center are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and offer effective sustainability education. The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 24 states. Half of this year’s honorees are located in underserved communities.

In addition, one state education official is recognized with the Director’s Award. This year, it is George Garcia from the California Department of Education.

“This year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are leading school transformation in states that will help ensure all students in all communities have the opportunity to grow to become strong and healthy learners,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “These awards represent thousands of students and countless hours of hard work in schools and on college campuses, ensuring equitable access to healthy, climate-resilient learning environments where students are prepared for the sustainability challenges of the present and future.”

The department also recently launched a new publication series, ED Infrastructure and Sustainability Notes, highlighting key sustainability concepts and practices of schools across the nation in brief form. Schools are encouraged to consult the first several Notes, which include Framework for a Sustainable SchoolThe Education Sector in Climate ActionSchool Environmental Justice as Social JusticeHow School Operations Affect the Environment, and School Grounds and the Outdoors.

2024 Winners List

Following are the 2024 Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, and Director’s Award recipients:

  • AL – Hoover – Hoover High School, Category: School
  • AR – Batesville – Batesville School District, Category: District
  • CA – Trabuco Canyon – Trabuco Elementary School, Category: School
  • CA – Carlsbad – Pacific Ridge School, Category: School
  • CA – Half Moon Bay – Cabrillo Unified School District, Category: District
  • CA – Claremont – Claremont Unified School District, Category: District
  • CA – Oxnard – Rio School District, Category: District
  • CA – California Department of Education – George Garcia, Category: Director’s Award
  • DoDEA – Asia Pacific – Humphreys Central Elementary School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – Marie Reed Elementary School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – The Catholic University of America, Category: Postsecondary Institution
  • FL – Maitland – Dommerich Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – Orlando – Sally Ride Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – Zellwood – Zellwood Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – St. Petersburg – Northside Christian School, Category: School
  • IL – Clarendon Hills – Clarendon Hills Middle School, Category: School
  • IL – Lake Zurich – Lake Zurich Community Unit School District, Category: District
  • IN – Plainfield – Plainfield Community Middle School, Category: School
  • IN – Bloomington – Tri-North Middle School, Category: School
  • KY – Lexington – Arlington Elementary School, Category: School
  • KY – Fort Thomas – Robert D. Johnson Elementary School, Category: School
  • LA – Baton Rouge – Eva Legard Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies, Category: School
  • LA – Baton Rouge – Park Forest Middle Creative Sciences & Arts Magnet, Category: School
  • MD – Lutherville – Lutherville Laboratory, Category: School
  • MD – Baltimore – The Waldorf School of Baltimore, Category: School
  • MA – Northampton – HEC Academy, Category: School
  • MA – Lexington – Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Category: School
  • MA – East Falmouth – Falmouth Public Schools, Category: District
  • MI – Westland – Hayes Elementary School, Category: School
  • MI – Grand Rapids – West Side Christian School, Category: School
  • MN – Eden Prairie – Eden Prairie Schools, Category: District
  • MO – Webster Groves – Nerinx Hall, Category: School
  • NM – Albuquerque – Polk Middle School, Category: School
  • NM – Cuba – Cuba Independent School District, Category: District
  • NY – Garrison – Garrison School, Category: School
  • NC – Salisbury – Salisbury Academy, Category: School
  • NC – Salisbury – Catawba College, Category: Postsecondary Institution
  • PA – Cranberry Township – Rowan Elementary School, Category: School
  • PA – Philadelphia – Green Woods Charter School, Category: School
  • PA – Reading – Reading Senior High School, Category: School
  • PR – Dorado – The TASIS School in Dorado, Category: School
  • RI – Westerly – Dunn’s Corners School, Category: School
  • RI – Providence – Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Cranston – Garden City Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Providence – William D’Abate Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Wood River Junction – Chariho Regional School District, Category: District
  • VA – Woodbridge – Dale City Elementary School, Category: School
  • VA – Manassas – George P. Mullen Elementary School, Category: School
  • WA – Gig Harbor – Artondale Elementary School, Category: School
  • WA – Lakebay – Evergreen Elementary School, Category: School
  • WI – Madison – Creative Learning Preschool and Child Care Center, Category: Early Learning
  • WI – Milwaukee – Hawthorne Elementary School, Category: School
  • WI – Bay View – Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts, Category: School
  • WI – Eagle River – Northland Pines School District, Category: District
  • WI – Menomonie – University of Wisconsin-Stout, Category: Postsecondary Institution

Read a report with highlights on the 56 honorees here.

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