The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (USED) Award Program recognizes schools, districts and institutions of higher institutions that conserve energy, reduce environmental impact costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental literacy education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
Inspiring schools to achieve 21st Century excellence, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award will recognize schools, districts and institutions of higher education that have achieved, or are making demonstrable progress toward:
Reducing environmental impact and costs;
Improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
Providing environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
These three "Pillars" of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award will serve as guideposts to make schools, districts and institutions of higher institutions more productive, enriching, and efficient.
In addition to nominating up to 5 schools and school districts for the award, Maryland may nominate one institution of higher education to be recognized for its efforts to achieve excellence in the three Pillars.
Maryland's participation in this award program is part of a larger USED effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide initiative to increase energy independence and economic security.
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