Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia is among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees.
The Cobb County School District is thrilled to be recognized for its important commitment to sustainable practices. This award celebrates the district’s longstanding dedication to reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of all who enjoy teaching, learning and working in our schools, and effective environmental education. Cobb schools are recognized for their leadership in environmental stewardship, health and sustainability and for inspiring everyone in the district to aim high.
Cobb County School District’s excellence in sustainability is well recognized in the U.S. Department of Education’s Three Pillars of environmental achievement:
- Reduce environmental impact and costs;
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
- Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
Superintendent Chris Ragsdale says, “As one of only 14 districts of the over 13,000 nationwide, it is a distinct honor to receive this award. This is reflective of our District’s commitment to building and maintaining schools that are both healthy and economically efficient.”
Deputy Superintendent, John Adams, oversees district operations. He says, “This is a significant achievement for our district and one that we all greatly appreciate.”
In total, across the country, 58 schools and 14 districts were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Duncan and Goldfuss made the announcement at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. Within Cobb County Schools, Big Shanty Intermediate School is also recognized as a Green Ribbon School.
“These honorees are compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments,” Duncan said. “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and deserve the spotlight for embodying strong examples of innovative learning and civic engagement.”
The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies, with honorees selected from 28 jurisdictions. The list of 81 total selectees includes 52 public schools and six private schools. The list of all selected schools and districts as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 81 honorees can be foundhere. More information on the award can be found here. More about Cobb County Schools can be found here.
(Source: Cobb County Schools)
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