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Ohio School Recognized as National Green Ribbon School

Release date: 5/18/2018

An Ohio school is among 46 schools, six districts and six postsecondary institutions nationally honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective environmental education.

Magnificat High School in Rocky River was honored as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its comprehensive approach to being green in learning and operations.

Magnificat has a number of programs designed to conserve the Earth’s resources and integrates those efforts into its curricula. The school greatly reduced solid waste through a single-stream recycling effort that involves full student participation, attention to use of recyclables in the office and cafeteria, and sustainability lessons for the students. Working with the local electric provider, the school achieved significant energy-use reduction and utility rebates.

Magnificat’s environmental education curriculum pays particular attention to scientific practices and constructing explanations and applications based on evidence. The recycling and energy-conservation efforts are translated into practical lessons, and environmental retreats are offered to students at every grade level.

Students’ on-site gardening efforts have resulted in the donation of more than 670 pounds of organically grown vegetables to the local Meals on Wheels program over the past several years. In addition, Magnificat is working toward certification as a Holden Arboretum Tree School. Magnificat’s environmental science teacher appears at school gatherings as “Mother Earth,” a costumed, thematic character who provides encouragement and reminders to support school initiatives.

Forty-five percent of the 2018 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 46 honorees, can be found by clicking here.