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2013 Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced

OLYMPIA (April 22, 2013) — The second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees and inaugural District Sustainability Awardees, nominated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, were announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe.

Kent School District is among the 14 inaugural honorees of the District Sustainability Award and Glacier Park Elementary (Maple Valley), Sacajawea Elementary (Vancouver), Tahoma Senior High (Covington) and The Evergreen School (Shoreline) are among the 64 schools announced as 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The selected districts and schools are being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

“These Green Ribbon awards are the result of concerted efforts to reduce environmental impact and increase efficiency,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “Their work shows that we can provide students and staff with healthy places to learn and work, cut costs and, at the same time, provide enhanced environmental education opportunities that better prepare students for the future.”

“Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green,” said Secretary Duncan. “They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools.”

In addition to the Green Ribbon Schools, Washington state has designated one school and four school districts as Green School and District Leaders for their achievement in at least one of three pillars: (1) environmental impact and energy efficiency, (2) healthy school environments and (3) environmental and sustainability education. The Green School Leader is Discovery Elementary, Mukilteo (Pillar 3), and the Green District Leaders are Olympia (Pillars 1 and 2), Vancouver (Pillars 2 and 3), Mercer Island (Pillars 1 and 3) and Tahoma (Pillars 1 and 3).

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