Three Minnesota schools have made the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever list of Green Ribbon Schools.
- North Shore Community School in Duluth
- Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul
- Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph.
They are among 78 schools nationwide honored for, as officials put it, “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.”
Minnesota’s good showing prompted this statement from state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius:
“Minnesota is known for its rich environmental tradition and outdoor heritage, so it’s fitting that we’re represented on this list. These schools are not only teaching students to be better stewards of the earth, they are putting their lessons into practice. Their efforts have cut utility costs, implemented smart conservation strategies and cultivated healthy and productive classrooms to better prepare students for success in the 21st century economy.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the winning schools “have demonstrated compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments.”