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Dorn Honors Schools for Environmental Excellence

OLYMPIA (July 23, 2012)—Four schools were honored today by State Superintendent Randy Dorn for their commitment to environmental leadership.

The award-winning schools, which were honored at an award ceremony at Bainbridge Island’s IslandWood, all incorporate health and energy management into academics through connections between science, technology, engineering and math, civic skills and green career pathways.

Today’s recognition was an extension of a national competition, open to public and private schools, at the U.S. Department of Education, which named finalists from several states as “Green Ribbon Schools.” Washington had three public-school winners and one private-school winner among 72 schools that won the national award:

  • Camelot Elementary, Federal Way School District
  • Secondary Academy for Success, Northshore
  • Tahoma Junior High, Tahoma
  • The Overlake School (private)

“Their enthusiasm, hard work and creativity demonstrate that we can provide an excellent environment for a well-rounded education with an emphasis on addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” Dorn said. “Criteria for this award were rigorous. I applaud the winners for their dedication to making the world a better place.”

State-level awards were given in three categories:

Pillar 1: Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency

  • Bryn Mawr Elementary School, Renton School District
  • Creekside Elementary School, Issaquah School District
  • Issaquah Middle School, Issaquah School District
  • The Jewish Day School, Bellevue
  • Skyridge Middle School, Camas School District

Pillar 2: Healthy School Environments

  • Bertschi School, Seattle
  • Tahoma Senior High, Tahoma School District

Pillar 3: Environmental and Sustainability Education

  • The Evergreen School, Shoreline
  • Glacier Park Elementary School, Tahoma School District
  • Sacajawea Elementary School, Vancouver School District
  • Skyview Junior High School, Bothell School District

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The program is part of a broader effort by the Department of Education to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness.

 

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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