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Kenston High School Selected Among Group of National Green Ribbon Schools

4/25/2013

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 as a national Green Ribbon School. Kenston High is among 64 schools to receive this national honor. 

The Department of Education applauds the innovative measures used each day at Kenston High School. Kenston is teaching its students to be conscious of the environment and to be good stewards of the community’s resources. At the same time, Kenston is blending these lessons into its curriculum.

That was John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education praising Kenston High School for developing a comprehensive plan to reduce environmental impact and raise awareness among students, staff and the community.

Kenston retrofit lighting to save over 30,000 watts, eliminated most irrigation water use and installed low-flow fixtures that resulted in 500,000 gallons of water being saved, and installed a wind turbine and solar thermal booster system that provides 75 percent of the schools energy consumption. In addition, the systems provide real-time data that is used by students in such courses as Alternative Energies and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. 

Kenston High School was confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 32 state education agencies.