NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: APRIL 24 2014


Exploris Middle School (Wake County) is one of 39 public schools and nine private schools nationwide to receive a U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools Award, which recognizes the highest performing green schools in the nation. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots for the announcement at the USED.

“This year’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness and learning into their daily operations,” Secretary Duncan said. “They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs, improve health, and engage students with hands-on learning that prepares them with the thinking skills necessary to be successful in college and careers.”

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the staff and students at Exploris Middle School for their selection. “Minimizing our carbon footprint is important and Exploris Middle School staff and students are finding ways to make it happen,” Atkinson said. “Creating a healthy learning environment provides a win for everyone.”

The Green Ribbon Schools Award program honors schools that “exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green’ environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the global economy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It lays out a thoughtful vision for the nation’s schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that encourage them.

For more information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program, please visit


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