The U.S. Department of Education has released the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Warwick Valley High School and Park Avenue Elementary School are among the 46 schools, six districts and six postsecondary institutions across the county which are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
“I commend each school, district and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy, safe and cost-efficient learning environment for students, faculty and staff,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These schools have done innovative work to help prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century, while also teaching them how to be good stewards of the environment.”
The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.
For more information about the award visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html.