Four Wisconsin schools have recently been nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award. The nomination was made by State Superintendent Tony Evers several weeks ago, and included Jefferson Elementary-Fox River Academy in the Appleton Area School District, Summit Environmental School in the La Crosse School District, Westlawn Elementary School in the Cedarburg School District, and Racine Montessori School in Racine. Additionally, Evers has nominated Fort Atkinson School District for a District Sustainability Award.
Schools are nominated for Green Ribbon awards due to efforts that save energy & reduce costs, utilize sustainable learning spaces, foster health & wellness, and boost student academic achievement through environmental education and community engagement.
“I commend these nominees for helping students and staff members work at improving the overall health and environment of their larger school community,” Evers said. The nomination process is not easy, and requires thorough data collection and reporting on school policies and practices.
Applicaitons will be reviewed at both the state and federal levels. Reviewers will take into account the schools’ ability to demonstrate progress toward each of the three Green Ribbon Schools Pillars. Pillars include actions that will:
- reduce the schools’ environmental impact and costs
- improve the health and wellness of students and staff members
- provide effective environmental and sustainability education
Winners of the Green Ribbon awards will be announced, appropriately, on Earth Day.