NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: APRIL 23, 2015


Cherokee County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are among 58 schools and 14 districts nationwide to be named 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Districts Sustainability Awardees.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement saying, “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and deserve the spotlight for embodying strong examples of innovative learning and civic engagement.”

In announcing the state recipients in January, State Superintendent June Atkinson commended the districts for being good examples saying, “These school districts are providing green learning environments and showing students how to minimize their ecological footprints. These are lessons that will keep on giving.” The Department of Public Instruction selected the two districts to represent the state in the national competition.

National recipients were honored for their “exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure efficient effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.”  

Duncan initiated the Green Ribbon Schools Award program in 2011 to honor 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 growing global economy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It describes 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.

National award recipients will be honored June 3 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., that will include an evening reception on Capitol Hill. For more information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program, please visit

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.