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Ohio School Recognized as National Green Ribbon School

Release date: 4/22/2016

An Ohio school is among 47 schools, 15 districts and 11 postsecondary institutions nationally honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

Urban Community School in Cleveland was honored today as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its comprehensive approach to being green in learning and operations.

“I applaud the staff and students of Urban Community School for their efforts to reduce their ecological footprint while promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, interim state superintendent of public instruction. “These students are learning valuable lessons about conserving our resources and overall sustainability.”

Urban Community School is taking several actions to conserve the Earth’s resources. The school put timers on computers that power down devices at night, and lights turn off when rooms are not occupied. Urban is realizing an 80 percent cost reduction for electricity through the use of ten solar panels.

The school installed refillable water bottle stations and water fountains with filters and encourages students to carry reusable water bottles. The early childhood wing has begun composting, and the school uses recycled ink cartridges and purchases 100 percent recycled paper products.

Urban also created the Learning Garden in partnership with The Refugee Response and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. While helping refugees establish themselves in the United States, the half-acre garden grows produce that is sold to local restaurants and supplements school lunches.

Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges and universities, as well as a report with highlights on the 73 honorees, can be found here