Discovery is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

From the United States Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Effective Sustainability Education

MAY 4, 2017

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The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Georgia.

“I commend each school, district, and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy learning environment for students, faculty and staff,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

“These schools have done exemplary work to help prepare the rising generation for the careers and challenges of the 21st Century.”

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 39 public schools, including five magnet schools and one charter school, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 14 percent are rural. The postsecondary honorees include three career and technical and community colleges.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 63 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

From Discovery Elementary School:

The Green Ribbon School process was a months-long process involving dozens of stakeholders and a hundred pages of application data and evidence. Special thanks to the members of the Application Team that submitted the application to the State and Federal selection juries during this past school year:

Discovery Elementary School Administration & Staff
Dr. Erin Russo, Principal
Dr. Judith Concha, Assistant Principal
Mr. Keith David Reeves, Educational Technology Administrator
Ms. Kathleen Krupa, Eco-Action Staff Lead
Ms. Josephine Walker, Eco-Action Staff Lead
Ms. Sandra Barrett, School Health Nurse
Mr. John Duffy, Health & Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Melissa Bergen, Health & Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Andrew Bridges, Fifth Grade Teacher

Discovery Elementary School PTA
Dr. Shauna Piedrahita, President
Ms. Laura Watchman, Eco-Action Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Ami Foster, Eco-Action Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Cristin Finkel, Eco-Action Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Shannon Higgins, Wellness Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Kathryn Spiegel, Wellness Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Karen Strazella, Wellness Committee Co-Chairperson
Ms. Lisa Harper-Chang, Garden Committee Chairperson

Arlington Public Schools
Mr. John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations
Mr. Kerm Towler, Assistant Manager of Plant Operations
Ms. Cathy Lin, Energy Manager & Stormwater Administrator

VMDO Architects
Mr. Wyck Knox, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Mr. Philip Donovan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C