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OSPI and California Casualty Honor Green Ribbon Schools Awardees

Two Washington elementary schools received honors from the U.S. Dept. of Education for their efforts in environmental sustainability.

OLYMPIA — May 4, 2017 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and insurance agency California Casualty congratulate the two Washington schools that have been named 2017 Green Ribbon Schools awardees by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

This is the sixth year the U.S. Dept. of Education has run the Green Ribbon Schools awards program. The aim of the department is to inspire schools, districts, and higher education institutions to strive for 21st century excellence.

Green Gables Elementary (Federal Way Public Schools) and Lakeridge Elementary (Mercer Island School District) are among 64 districts and schools across the nation who achieved the honor this year.

“Every Green Ribbon Schools honoree should feel incredibly proud of what they have accomplished,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “The efforts of these students and educators will have an impact for decades to come. We should all be teaching the next generation the importance of sustainability and conservation.”

To reach the Green Ribbon Schools status, districts and schools were required to meet three key pillars:

  1. Reducing environmental impacts and costs.
  2. Improving the health and wellness of students and staff.
  3. Providing education on the environment and sustainability while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); civic skills; and green career pathways.

Green Gables Elementary succeeded in reducing their energy usage by more than 15 percent between 2011 and 2016. The school was the first in its district to initiate a comprehensive recycling and composting program and build an organic garden.

Lakeridge Elementary School’s Green Team continues to lead the school in various sustainability activities including waste reduction, recycling, and energy and conservation practices. They were able to decrease their amount of food waste by 15 percent.

California Casualty CEO Beau Brown remarked what a privilege it is to help promote the actions of schools and districts that benefit the environment, youth, and community at large. “We congratulate the Green Ribbon Schools awardees for meeting the high standards set by the U.S. Department of Education,” Brown said.

OSPI is also honoring four schools as state Green Leaders for significant achievements in at least one of the three Green Ribbon pillars:

  • Cedarsong Outdoor Preschool (Vashon Island);
  • Lakeland Hills Elementary School (Auburn);
  • Montessori Children’s House (Redmond); and
  • Nurture in Nature Preschool (Tacoma).

As the Green Ribbon Schools local sponsor, California Casualty is providing $2,500 to each Washington awardee to help with expenses traveling to the national honors ceremony in Washington, D.C. in July. The schools also have the option of applying the funds toward further green programs.

“Achieving the Green Ribbon Schools award is a huge accomplishment and we are proud to help sponsor this program,” said California Casualty Washington Partner Relations Regional Manager Brian Goodman.

More about California Casualty
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses. Celebrating 100 years of service, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.


About OSPI
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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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