Courtesy Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
A Missouri public school district, along with two additional schools, earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program on April 24 for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure sustainability education.
The 2020 honorees in Missouri include: Parkway C-2 School District (Chesterfield), Sunrise Elementary (Sunrise R-IX; DeSoto), Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (St. Louis).
“It’s so great to see Missouri schools once again represented on this distinguished national list,” said commissioner of education Margie Vandeven. “Our state’s honorees range from a single elementary school to one of the largest districts in the state. What a great example of how all of us in education can have a long-lasting, sustainable impact on our local community.”
Across the country, 39 schools, 11 districts and five postsecondary institutions were honored as Green Ribbon schools.
The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ. The list of all selected schools, as well as their nomination information, can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html.