Kenston High School Selected Among Group of National Green Ribbon Schools
Release date: 4/23/2013
COLUMBUS, OH –- Through its efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls was selected today as a national Green Ribbon School. Kenston High School is among 64 schools to be recognized to receive this national honor.
“I applaud the innovative measures used each day at Kenston High School,” State Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Ross said. “Kenston is teaching its boys and girls to be conscious of the environment, to be good stewards of the community’s resources, and, at the same time, blending these lessons into its curriculum.”
Kenston High School developed a comprehensive plan to reduce environmental impact and raise awareness among students, staff and the community. A lighting retrofit saved over 30,000 watts and the elimination of most irrigation water use and the installation of low-flow fixtures has resulted in 500,000 gallons of water being saved.
The installation of a wind turbine and solar thermal booster system together provide 75 percent of the school’s energy consumption. The systems provide real-time data that is utilized by students in such courses as Alternative Energies and Advanced Placement Environmental Science.
Students introduced a recycling program and encourage participation with bins in classrooms, the cafeteria and the stadium. Through these efforts, the amount of material being recycled has increased by 1.6 tons since 2009.
Kenston High School was confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 32 state education agencies.