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Ohio Seeking Schools to Nominate for USDOE Green Ribbon Schools Program

Release date: 9/9/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio schools that demonstrate environmentally conscious practices are encouraged to apply to represent the state in the 2013-2014 U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Green Ribbon Schools competition. Interested schools must apply no later than Nov.15.

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

“I applaud the innovative measures used each day at many Ohio Schools,” said Dr. Richard Ross, state superintendent of public instruction. “In times of tight budgets it is important for school districts to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and for schools to teach our boys and girls to be conscious of the environment and respectful of the of the community’s resources. We want to encourage schools to compete for the distinction of being selected a Green Ribbon School. They should be proud of their efforts and serve as a model for other schools in Ohio.”

The Green Ribbon 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. Now in its third year, the Green Ribbon Schools program has streamlined its application process reducing the documentation required to apply.

“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, executive director of the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. “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.