Green Schools Honored by U.S. Dept. of Education
OLYMPIA — May 16, 2018 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) congratulates the four Washington schools that have been named 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
This is the seventh 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. Washington is among states with the most Green Ribbon awardees, surpassed only by Georgia and California, which have five recognized schools.
As the Green Ribbon Schools local sponsor, California Casualty will provide $1,250 to each Washington awardee to continue sustainability efforts in their schools or help with expenses traveling to the national honors ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September.
This year’s honorees include:
- Broad View Elementary (Oak Harbor School District)
Broad View Elementary School has focused on saving both energy and water. Furthermore, their total school solid waste has reduced by 30 percent since they began their composting program, which is led by the fourth graders.
- Carnation Elementary (Riverview School District)
Carnation Elementary has long been a part of the King County Green Schools program and is now a “Level 4” sustaining school, which means they add a new sustainability project each year. This year a student team is working on getting water bottle filling stations and a reusable water bottle for every student in the school.
- Eatonville Elementary (Eatonville School District)
Eatonville Elementary School has a strong focus on STEM learning, as well as other content areas such as ELA and the Arts, all engaged through a lens of environmental learning. Extensive community partnerships support this work.
- Weyerhaeuser Elementary (Eatonville School District)
Weyerhaeuser Elementary School has a strong tie to the land, and students learn in their school’s Wildcat Woods as well as the district’s new farm. Food service is beginning to outline a process to serve local farm produce in the cafeteria.
These schools are among 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions across the nation who have achieved this honor.
“You have accomplished a great feat in the service of your environment,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “Thank you for leading the way in this important mission that impacts everyone. With your positive example, Washington students can practice the values of sustainability, conservation, and they can engage in green industries statewide.”
To reach the Green Ribbon Schools status, districts and schools were required to meet three key pillars:
- Reducing environmental impacts and costs.
- Improving the health and wellness of students and staff.
- Providing education on the environment and sustainability while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); civic skills; and green career pathways.
California Casualty Assistant Vice President, Brian Goodman, who will visit each winning school to present a special plaque, said, “We’ve been impressed how Washington students and schools have addressed sustainability and other environmental issues. We are thrilled to support this valuable program and congratulate the four schools who have achieved this prestigious honor.” Mr. Goodman added, “California Casualty has partnered with NEA Member Benefits in Washington since 2001 to serve and support dedicated teachers and educational support professionals who engage and educate students.”
OSPI is also honoring Pullman High School (Pullman School District) as state Green Leader for significant achievements in Green Ribbon Pillar 1.
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 Director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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