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Ohio Seeks Nominees for Green Ribbon Schools Recognition

Release date: 9/25/2012

A selection committee with representatives from the Ohio Departments of Education and Health, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio School Facilities Commission and the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) will choose up to four schools to nominate for the national recognition.

“Ohio schools that are going above and beyond to provide opportunities for students to learn about reducing environmental impact and cost through instruction that incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways deserve recognition at our state and national level,” says Michael Sawyers, acting superintendent of public instruction. “I encourage those schools to participate in this exciting program to compete for this distinction.”

Now in its second year, the Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes 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. In the inaugural year of the program, two of Ohio’s nominees, Loveland High School and North Adams Elementary School, were among 78 schools across the country designated as Green Ribbon Schools.

“Schools that practice, as well as teach, sound environmental principles are doing more than instilling a strong environmental stewardship ethic in their students,” said Brenda Metcalf EECO Executive Director. “Just as important, they are preparing students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.” Links to the application and other program resources, including the applications from last year’s Ohio winners are available online at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/School-Improvement/Awards-and-Recognition/Ohio-Green-Ribbon-Schools