2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced, Along With First Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees

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2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced, Along With First Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees

Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs; Improving Health; and Offering Environmental Education


April 22, 2015


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss today to announce the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Fifty-eight schools, 14 districts, and nine postsecondary institutions were honored for their promising efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, nine colleges and universities were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award, in the first year of that award category.  


“These honorees are compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments,” Duncan said. “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and deserve the spotlight for embodying strong examples of innovative learning and civic engagement. We also are thrilled to add institutions of higher education to the list of honorees this year for the first time in the award’s history.”  


“With so many tough challenges facing our planet, it is more important than ever to inspire and prepare the next generation of environmental stewards," said Goldfuss. "By creating healthier learning environments, reducing their carbon footprints, and teaching students lasting lessons about innovation and sustainability, today's honorees are leading the way for schools and districts across the country."  


The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies, with honorees selected from 28 jurisdictions. The list of 81 total selectees includes 52 public schools and six private schools. The public schools include two charter and three magnet schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 35 elementary, 19 middle and 17 high schools are among them, with several schools having various K-12 configurations, from 28 of the nominating authorities. Forty-seven percent of the 2015 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body, 22 percent are rural, and one-third of the postsecondary institutions are community colleges. The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 81 honorees can be found here.


More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.    



  • Bluff Park Elementary School
    Hoover, AL
  • Lincoln Elementary School
    Lincoln, AL
  • Lincoln High School
    Lincoln, AL
  • Auburn University
    Auburn, AL 


  • Los Cerritos Elementary School
    Long Beach, CA
  • Carmel Middle School
    Carmel, CA
  • Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Marin Country Day School
    Corte Madera, CA
  • El Monte Union High School District
    El Monte, CA 


  • Red Hawk Elementary School
    Erie, CO
  • Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO 


  • Parkway School
    Greenwich, CT
  • Academy of Engineering and Green Technology
    Hartford, CT
  • Rogers International School
    Stamford, CT
  • Greens Farms Academy
    Greens Farms, CT
  • Stamford School District
    Stamford, CT 


  • Linden Hill Elementary School
    Wilmington, DE
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
    Wilmington, DE
  • Kirk Middle School
    Newark, DE 

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Charles P. Murray Elementary School
    Fort Stewart, GA
  • Wiesbaden Middle School
    Wiesbaden, Hainerberg, Germany 

District of Columbia

  • The George Washington University
    Washington, DC 


  • Manatee Elementary School
    Viera, FL
  • Pine View School for the Gifted
    Osprey, FL
  • Odyssey Charter School
    Palm Bay, FL 


  • Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary School
    Duluth, GA
  • Big Shanty Intermediate School
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Cherokee County School District
    Canton, GA
  • Cobb County School District
    Marietta, GA 


  • River Trails Middle School
    Mt. Prospect, IL 


  • Columbus North High School
    Columbus, IN 


  • Kirkwood Community College
    Cedar Rapids, IA 


  • Bryan Station Middle School
    Lexington, KY
  • Royal Spring Middle School
    Georgetown, KY
  • Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY 


  • J. C. Parks Elementary School
    Indian Head, MD
  • Northwest High School
    Germantown, MD
  • Howard County Public School System
    Ellicott City, MD 


  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
    Upton, MA
  • Hingham High School
    Hingham, MA
  • Cambridge Public Schools
    Cambridge, MA 


  • Redtail Ridge Elementary School
    Savage, MN
  • Harambee Community Cultures/Environmental Science School
    Maplewood, MN
  • Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies
    Rockford, MN
  • City of Lakes Waldorf School
    Minneapolis, MN
  • West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District 197
    Mendota Heights, MN
  • University of Minnesota, Morris
    Morris, MN 


  • Oxford School District
    Oxford, MS 


  • Rattlesnake Elementary School
    Missoula, MT
  • Seeley Lake Elementary School
    Seeley Lake, MT
  • Seeley-Swan High School
    Seeley Lake, MT 


  • Edward Babe Gomez Heritage Elementary School
    Omaha, NE
  • Wilson Focus School
    Omaha, NE
  • Lincoln Public Schools
    Lincoln, NE 

New Jersey

  • William Davies Middle School
    Mays Landing, NJ
  • East Brunswick Vocational and Technical High School
    East Brunswick, NJ
  • Timber Creek Regional High School
    Erial, NJ
  • Princeton Day School
    Princeton, NJ 

North Carolina

  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Cherokee County Schools
    Murphy, NC 


  • Old Trail School
    Bath, OH
  • Berea City School District
    Berea, OH 


  • Charles F. Patton Middle School
    Kennett Square, PA
  • Northampton Community College
    Bethlehem, PA 

Rhode Island

  • Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School
    Newport, RI
  • Ponaganset High School
    North Scituate, RI 


  • Coles Elementary School
    Manassas, VA
  • Crozet Elementary School
    Crozet, VA
  • Bassett High School
    Bassett, VA
  • The Steward School
    Richmond, VA
  • University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA 


  • Discovery Elementary School
    Everett, WA
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    Oak Harbor, WA
  • Image Elementary School
    Vancouver, WA
  • Tahoma School District
    Maple Valley, WA 

West Virginia

  • North Elementary School
    Morgantown, WV 


  • Colby Elementary School
    Colby, WI
  • Lake Mills Elementary School
    Lake Mills, WI
  • Columbus Elementary-Discovery Charter School
    Columbus, WI
  • Middleton--Cross Plains Area Schools
    Middleton, WI
  • Western Technical College
    La Crosse, WI