Minnesota wins three national ‘green schools’ awards

Two Minnesota schools and a school district received awards this week from the U.S. Department of Education for sustainability efforts.

Green Ribbon School Awards went to 48 schools around the country for their “efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.”

Two of the 48 were from Minnesota::

  • Five Hawks Elementary School, Prior Lake
  • Chisago Lakes Middle School, Lindstrom

Nine school districts also got District Sustainability Awards, including one in Minnesota:

  • Waconia Independent School District 110

In announcing the awards, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the winners:

“…are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness and learning into their daily operations. 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.”

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