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Three Delaware Schools Receive 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award

 Dover - Three Delaware schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education today for their dedication to the health and wellness of our environment.


Linden Hill Elementary School in Wilmington, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, and Kirk Middle School in Newark each received the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Award, marking the first time three Delaware schools have been selected in the same year. U.S. Department of Education U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss this afternoon to announce the awardees. 


Fifty-eight schools, 14 districts, and nine postsecondary institutions across the country 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. Nine colleges and universities were also 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.”


U.S Senator Tom Carper, founder and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus, applauds the achievements of Delaware’s Green Ribbon Schools.


“I am proud that three Delaware schools were honored with the Green Ribbon Schools Award for their efforts to reduce the schools’ environmental impacts while teaching students about environmental stewardship,” Carper said. “The steps they have taken can be modeled by other schools not only in Delaware, but around the nation.”


The Delaware Department of Education will honor the schools at a Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.



“We are thrilled that three schools in Delaware have received such a prestigious honor this year, and that they are being recognized at a national level for focusing on the well-being of their schools, their staffs and students, and the future of our environment,” said Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy. “Environmental education especially incorporates so many disciplines, such as STEM and civics, and we are excited that schools are finding innovative ways to develop these skills in students. Green Ribbon schools are helping to ensure students will thrive in a future that demands eco-awareness across all fields, and they deserve this national attention.”


The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions chosen for the Green Ribbon Schools Award 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 in which the 2015 honorees are exemplary can be found here.