NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: APRIL 27, 2016


Sandy Grove Middle (Hoke County Schools) and Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary (Wake County Public Schools) are among 47 schools nationwide to be named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Fifteen districts and 11 postsecondary institutions also were named Sustainability Awardees.

To date, five North Carolina public schools and two school districts have received this award.

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. made the announcement and congratulated the schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health and classroom practices. “The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best,” he said.

In announcing the state nominees in February, State Superintendent June Atkinson commended the schools for setting good examples saying, “It’s easy to talk about environmental responsibility but it’s another thing to practice it. These schools are doing just that by providing green learning environments while teaching students how to minimize their ecological footprints.”

National recipients were honored for their “innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness of students and staff, and ensure effective sustainability education.”  

The Green Ribbon Schools Award program was begun 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 support them.

National award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. Additional information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s website or by contacting North Carolina Coordinator Ron Collier with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s School Planning section.

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.