U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe, and Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Janey Thornton will honor the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 9:45 a.m. ET on Monday, June 3 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture South Building in Washington, D.C. At the awards ceremony, Secretary Duncan will also announce a new initiative highlighting best practices in K-12 school facilities.
The ED-Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century, including STEM, green careers, and civics. The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 78 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 in which the 2013 honorees are exemplary can be found here.
Press passes: Due to building security, only registered press may attend. Those interested in attending must register with [email protected] by May 30th for a press pass.