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First U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Recognized in Washington, DC
Today marked another historic milestone for the green schools movement. The 78 U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools announced during Earth Week were recognized at a national ceremony in Washington, DC. There, the Secretary, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and U.S Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin congratulated the honorees for their exemplary practices. Read the press release and a blog post on the Department's Homeroom Blog.
Watch the opening plenary remarks [video].
View photos of the event on the Department's Flickr page [photos]
Today the Department published Highlights of the 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a document that showcases examples from all 78 honorees. While by no means exhaustive accounts of all their successes, the 40 page report indicates a few examples that may be instructive to other schools and instances of innovation.
The Secretary also announced the first installment of the Green Strides Webinar Series, to help all schools move toward reduced environmental impact, improved health and effective sustainability literacy, the three 'Pillars' of the award. In the first session, sign up to learn more about the role indoor air quality plays in creating a healthy learning environment. The full 2012-2013 Green Strides Webinar Series schedule coming soon.
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