A national ceremony honoring the Shelburne Community School (SCS) and 63 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) was held in Washington D.C. last Tuesday. Two other Vermont schools, St. Albans City Elementary School and Reading Community School, also shared this recognition.
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bob Perciasepe, and Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton, and other senior officials from a half dozen federal agencies joined Secretary Arne Duncan to congratulate ED’s honorees on their exemplary practices. The honored schools have demonstrated exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs; promote better health; and ensure effective environmental education, green careers, and civics.
“It was mind-blowing to be of 64 Green Ribbon Schools selected from the entire United States,” stated Co-Principal Miller. “We’ve come so far but there’s so much more we can do.”