The U.S. Department of Education released the names of the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees this week.

Three Georgia schools made the list.

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 districts, and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to address the three “Pillars” of the program: reducing environmental impact and utility costs, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective sustainability education. A state education official is also being recognized for his efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Minnesota.

“I want to congratulate this year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School honorees,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “They have truly embraced the challenge to create healthy, safe, sustainable and efficient learning environments for students, faculty, and staff. Their innovative approaches to learning will help students prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century.”

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools—among them, three magnet schools and two charter schools—as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 53 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Following is the list of 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Award, and Postsecondary Sustainability Award honorees.

Alabama

  • Troy University, Troy, AL

California

  • Carrisa Plains Elementary School, Santa Margarita, CA
  • Eagle Rock Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Clovis, CA
  • St. James Academy, Solana Beach, CA
  • Rialto Unified School District, Rialto, CA

Connecticut

  • Weston High School, Weston, CT

Delaware

  • The Jefferson School, Georgetown, DE
  • Caesar Rodney School District, Wyoming, DE

Florida

  • MAST Academy, Miami, FL
  • FAU Lab School District, Boca Raton, FL

Georgia

  • Robert W. Gadsden Elementary School, Savannah, GA
  • Sharon Elementary School, Suwanee, GA
  • Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA

Hawaii

  • Kapālama Elementary School, Honolulu, HI

Illinois

  • Meadowview Elementary School, Grayslake, IL
  • Bloomington Public School District 87, Bloomington, IL
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Indiana

  • Goshen Community Schools, Goshen, IN

Iowa

  • Davenport Community School District, Davenport, IA
  • Sioux City Community School District, Sioux City, IA

Kentucky

  • Tates Creek Elementary, Lexington, KY
  • Saint Agnes School, Louisville, KY

Louisiana

  • Brookstown Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA

Maryland

  • Captain James E. Daly Elementary School, Germantown, MD
  • Calvert County Public Schools, Prince Frederick, MD

Massachusetts

  • Boston Green Academy, Brighton, MA
  • Ipswich Middle-High School, Ipswich, MA
  • Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA

Michigan

  • Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

Minnesota

  • Forest Lake Area High School, Forest Lake, MN
  • John Olson, science content specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Missouri

  • Claymont Elementary School, Ballwin, MO
  • Highcroft Ridge Elementary School, Chesterfield, MO
  • Herculaneum High School, Herculaneum, MO
  • Raintree School, St. Louis, MO

New Jersey

  • Holland Brook School, Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Saint Leo the Great School, Lincroft, NJ

New York

  • Sanfordville Elementary School, Warwick, NY
  • Warwick Valley Middle School, Warwick, NY

North Carolina

  • Abbotts Creek Elementary School, Raleigh, NC
  • Douglas Byrd High School, Fayetteville, NC
  • Immaculata Catholic School, Durham, NC

Ohio

  • Graham Local Schools, St. Paris, OH

Pennsylvania

  • Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, Gibsonia, PA
  • State College Friends School, State College, PA
  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA

South Carolina

  • Dutch Fork Elementary School, Irmo, SC

Washington

  • The Northwest School, Seattle, WA
  • Lake Washington School District, Redmond, WA
  • Lopez Island School District, Lopez Island, WA
  • Oak Harbor Public Schools, Oak Harbor, WA

West Virginia

  • Junior Elementary School, Belington, WV

Wisconsin

  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, Milwaukee, WI
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