Schuylerville Elementary School is one of 47 schools in the nation to be named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The school was recognized nationally during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 20.
The national award recognizes Schuylerville Elementary School and other awardees for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. Representatives from the district received sustainability-crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements.
“I congratulate these honorees that are leaders in school facilities, wellness and environmental education practices,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John King. “Their common-sense approach to investing more in education – rather than in utility bills – improves health and attendance, while exciting students about hands-on, real world learning. Healthy, safe and efficient facilities as well as access to sustainability education are innovative ways to boost productivity and performance at every grade level.”
The honorees were selected from a pool of nominations made by 27 state education authorities, including 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Schuylerville Elementary School was the sole New York State nomination.