2024 U.S. Department of Education Reveals Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education unveiled the 2024 recipients of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees today.

A total of 41 schools, 10 districts, three postsecondary institutions, and one early learning center nationwide are being commended for their innovative initiatives aimed at reducing environmental impact, cutting utility costs, enhancing health and wellness, and providing quality sustainability education. These distinguished individuals were selected from a pool of nominees representing 24 states. Notably, half of this year’s awardees are situated in underserved areas.

Furthermore, a state education official is honored with the Director’s Award this year. The recipient for 2024 is George Garcia from the California Department of Education.

“The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honored this year are driving educational transformation in states to ensure that all students across diverse communities have access to comprehensive learning environments,” emphasized U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “From early learning centers to postsecondary institutions, this year’s awardees reflect a diverse range of educational settings. Significantly, half of them are located in underprivileged communities. These accolades symbolize the dedication of numerous students and countless hours of effort invested in schools and college campuses, promoting equitable access to sustainable and healthy learning spaces where students are equipped to tackle present and future sustainability challenges.”

This announcement coincides with the White House’s hosting of the inaugural Summit for Sustainable and Healthy K-12 School Buildings and Grounds, taking place today from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. Both the public and press have the opportunity to tune into the program’s livestream, which will spotlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to providing fair access to energy-efficient, climate-resilient, and health-supporting school facilities that facilitate learning and well-being.

The summit aims to raise awareness about the crucial need for fair access to sustainable school infrastructures in the 21st century and the significant impact facility conditions have on students’ health, overall welfare, and educational achievements. It will also shed light on federal resources and commitments that reinforce sustainable school buildings and infrastructure.

Moreover, the Department recently launched a new series of publications called ED Infrastructure and Sustainability Notes this spring, featuring essential sustainability concepts and practices adopted by schools nationwide in concise formats. Explore the initial several Notes on the ED Infrastructure and Sustainability page, under resources, covering topics such as the Framework for a Sustainable School, The Education Sector in Climate Action, School Environmental Justice as Social Justice, How School Operations Influence the Environment, and School Grounds and the Outdoors.

Here is the list of the 2024 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, and Director’s Award recipients:

  • AL – Hoover – Hoover High School, Category: School
  • AR – Batesville – Batesville School District, Category: District
  • CA – Trabuco Canyon – Trabuco Elementary School, Category: School
  • CA – Carlsbad – Pacific Ridge School, Category: School
  • CA – Half Moon Bay – Cabrillo Unified School District, Category: District
  • CA – Claremont – Claremont Unified School District, Category: District
  • CA – Oxnard – Rio School District, Category: District
  • CA – California Department of Education – George Garcia, Category: Director’s Award
  • DoDEA – Asia Pacific – Humphreys Central Elementary School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – Marie Reed Elementary School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, Category: School
  • DC – Washington – The Catholic University of America, Category: Postsecondary Institution
  • FL – Maitland – Dommerich Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – Orlando – Sally Ride Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – Zellwood – Zellwood Elementary School, Category: School
  • FL – St. Petersburg – Northside Christian School, Category: School
  • IL – Clarendon Hills – Clarendon Hills Middle School, Category: School
  • IL – Lake Zurich – Lake Zurich Community Unit School District, Category: District
  • IN – Plainfield – Plainfield Community Middle School, Category: School
  • IN – Bloomington – Tri-North Middle School, Category: School
  • KY – Lexington – Arlington Elementary School, Category: School
  • KY – Fort Thomas – Robert D. Johnson Elementary School, Category: School
  • LA – Baton Rouge – Eva Legard Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies, Category: School
  • LA – Baton Rouge – Park Forest Middle Creative Sciences & Arts Magnet, Category: School
  • MD – Lutherville – Lutherville Laboratory, Category: School
  • MD – Baltimore – The Waldorf School of Baltimore, Category: School
  • MA – Northampton – HEC Academy, Category: School
  • MA – Lexington – Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Category: School
  • MA – East Falmouth – Falmouth Public Schools, Category: District
  • MI – Westland – Hayes Elementary School, Category: School
  • MI – Grand Rapids – West Side Christian School, Category: School
  • MN – Eden Prairie – Eden Prairie Schools, Category: District
  • MO – Webster Groves – Nerinx Hall, Category: School
  • NM – Albuquerque – Polk Middle School, Category: School
  • NM – Cuba – Cuba Independent School District, Category: District
  • NY – Garrison – Garrison School, Category: School
  • NC – Salisbury – Salisbury Academy, Category: School
  • NC – Salisbury – Catawba College, Category: Postsecondary Institution
  • PA – Cranberry Township – Rowan Elementary School, Category: School
  • PA – Philadelphia – Green Woods Charter School, Category: School
  • PA – Reading – Reading Senior High School, Category: School
  • PR – Dorado – The TASIS School in Dorado, Category: School
  • RI – Westerly – Dunn’s Corners School, Category: School
  • RI – Providence – Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Cranston – Garden City Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Providence – William D’Abate Elementary School, Category: School
  • RI – Wood River Junction – Chariho Regional School District, Category: District
  • VA – Woodbridge – Dale City Elementary School, Category: School
  • VA – Manassas – George P. Mullen Elementary School, Category: School
  • WA – Gig Harbor – Artondale Elementary School, Category: School
  • WA – Lakebay – Evergreen Elementary School, Category: School
  • WI – Madison – Creative Learning Preschool and Child Care Center, Category: Early Learning
  • WI – Milwaukee – Hawthorne Elementary School, Category: School
  • WI – Bay View – Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts, Category: School
  • WI – Eagle River – Northland Pines School District, Category: District
  • WI – Menomonie – University of Wisconsin-Stout, Category: Postsecondary Institution

Additional Information:

For more details on the federal award, access resources that support the transition to sustainable school practices. Review the comprehensive list of selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities with their nomination packages documenting progress in meeting award criteria. Dive into a report highlighting the achievements of the 56 honorees.

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