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Video of the Secretary’s Announcement of the First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

On Monday of Earth Week, Secretary Duncan announced the first-ever selectees of the Department’s school environment and health recognition award.  The Secretary noted that the 78 honorees, “provide examples that all schools can follow to reduce their costs, improve health and boost student achievement.”  “Green school practices are vital tools to closing the achievement gap, especially in STEM fields and in the health disparities that aggravate the achievement gap,” he added.  

The Secretary also opened the 2012-2013 competition during his remarks.  Before the Secretary had completed his 2012 announcement of selectees, the Department received the first state notification of intent to nominate schools next year!  Watch the Secretary’s remarks at Stoddert Elementary School in Washington, DC.

 Read About the First U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

The nomination packages of the 2012 national ED-GRS selectees are now on the Department’s website.  Learn what these schools are doing to reduce their environmental impact, improve health and ensure effective environmental education.

ED-GRS in the News      

The Department’s first ever environmental and health award is making news nationwide.  Read the ED-GRS news in your region.

Applying to ED-GRS Next Year

As with the inaugural year, schools should contact their state education agency if they wish to be nominated for the 2012-2013 for specific information regarding state applications.  Schools do not apply directly to ED, but to their participating state agencies.  Applications must be requested from individual states and may not be available until fall 2012.  As the Secretary noted, state agencies are encouraged to indicate their intent to participate by June 15, 2012.

A Plentiful Harvest of Green Resources

All schools can continue to consult the ED-GRS resources page for tools, programs, curricula and funding opportunities to help further their green school aims in all three ED-GRS Pillars.

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Video of the Secretary’s Announcement of the First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools