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US Department of Education recognizes green schools

THURSDAY, JUNE 06, 2013 09:41 AM

In recent years, K-12 schools nationwide have gone through a variety of changes. Some classrooms have embraced technology, while others are in the process of transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Then, there are the institutions that have placed a greater focus on going green.

Teachers and students' efforts to become more environmentally responsible do not go unnoticed, as the U.S. Department of Education recently recognized several institutions as Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees. During an event in Washington, D.C., 64 schools were honored for their green accomplishments, such as their ability to reduce their environmental impact and promote better health.

"The schools being honored today are taking smart, innovative steps to reduce environmental impacts and energy costs, promote healthy learning environments, and teach students sustainable practices that they can carry with them into their homes and future careers," said Nancy Sutley, the chair for the Council on Environmental Quality, in a statement. "These leaders are models for how schools nationwide can achieve healthier classrooms, lower their energy bills, and set their students up for success."

It is also possible that this year's Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees will be in a better position to help students excel under the CCSS. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, everything from improved ventilation to better lighting can help pupils perform better academically.