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Forest Service-sponsored GreenSchools! honored by Education Department

Forest Service-sponsored GreenSchools! honored by Education Department


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Twenty schools registered as GreenSchools! through the Project Learning Tree/U.S. Forest Service program are among 64 schools and 14 school districts honored April 22 as by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School.


The Education Department gave the awards for the schools’ exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.


The schools were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 32 state education agencies. The list includes 54 public and 10 private schools. More than half serve a student body more than 40 percent of which is eligible for free and reduced price lunch.


“The unique aspect of our GreenSchools! program is that we emphasize the voice of the students as the force behind directing their school and community to become more environmentally responsible,” said Heidi McAllister, acting director of the Forest ServiceConservation Education Program. “The Forest Service is proud to be part of the movement toward green schools.”


“We’re thrilled that 20 PLT GreenSchools! have been recognized as the 'best of the best,' ” said James McGirt, manager of Education Programs for Project Learning Tree. “Through our partnership with the Forest Service more than 2,000 schools nationwide are participating in PLT’s GreenSchools! program, impacting approximately 1 million students annually. We offer teachers and students training, a set of GreenSchools! investigations, and grants for service-learning projects for students to create healthy and sustainable schools and incorporate environmental education into their curriculum.”

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