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North Dakota and Bureau of Indian Education’s Circle of Nations School Named Among First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

78 Winning Schools in 29 States and D.C. Represent a Diverse Portfolio, Includes 66 Public and 12 Private Schools in Urban and Rural Communities


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, together with White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced today that [Circle of Nations School] is among 78 schools named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, one of D.C.’s two honorees. [North dakota] is among 29 states and D.C. with schools receiving the first-ever awards.

“Science and environmental education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the jobs of the future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments.”

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools 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.

"Schools that take a green approach cut costs on their utility bills, foster healthy and productive classrooms, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century economy," said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "These Green Ribbon School award winners are taking outstanding steps to educate tomorrow's environmental leaders, and demonstrating how sustainability and environmental awareness make sense for the health of our students and our country."

The 78 awarded schools were named winners from among nearly 100 nominees submitted by 30 state education agencies, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education. More than 350 schools completed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools including 8 charters, and 12 private schools composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools.

"These Green Ribbon Schools are giving students and educators what they need to maximize learning and minimize risks like asthma and other respiratory illnesses, ensuring that no child is burdened by pollution in or around their school," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Today's winners are protecting our children's health and opening up environmental education opportunities for students. The EPA is proud to help recognize the Green Ribbon award winners and will continue working to improve the environment of our nation’s schools and helping prepare students to succeed in the emerging green economy.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s “Green Ribbons” are one-year recognition awards. Next year’s competition will open in summer 2012. State agencies are encouraged to send their intents to submit nominees by June 15, 2012 via email to

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A complete list of the 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools follows:


Munford Elementary School

Munford, Alabama

Winterboro High School

Talladega, Alabama


The STAR School

Flagstaff, Arizona

Roadrunner Elementary School

Phoenix, Arizona


Acorn High School

Mena, Arkansas


Longfellow Elementary School

Long Beach, California

Environmental Charter High School

Lawndale, California

Grand View Elementary School

Manhattan Beach, California

The Athenian School

Danville, California


Flagstone Elementary School

Castle Rock, Colorado

Denver Green School

Denver, Colorado

Wellington Middle School

Wellington, Colorado

District of Columbia

Stoddert Elementary School

Washington, DC

Sidwell Friends Middle School

Washington, DC


Learning Gate Community School

Lutz, Florida

Pine Jog Elementary School

West Palm Beach, Florida

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

Miami, Florida


Springdale Park Elementary School

Atlanta, Georgia

Arabia Mountain High School

Lithonia, Georgia

Savannah Country Day School

Savannah, Georgia


Ewa Makai Middle School

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Kamuela, Hawaii


Academy for Global Citizenship

Chicago, Illinois

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School

Chicago, Illinois

Prairie Crossing Charter School

Grayslake, Illinois


Des Moines Central Campus High School

Des Moines, Iowa


Eisenhower High School

Goddard, Kansas

Erie High School

Erie, Kansas

Brookwood Elementary

Leawood, Kansas


Rosa Parks Elementary School

Lexington, Kentucky

Georgetown Middle School

Georgetown, Kentucky

Richardsville Elementary School

Bowling Green, Kentucky


Dunloggin Middle School

Ellicott City, Maryland

Francis Scott Key Middle School

Silver Spring, Maryland

Folger McKinsey Elementary School

Severna Park, Maryland

Lucy School

Middletown, Maryland


Clarkston High School

Clarkston, Michigan

Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Detroit, Michigan


North Shore Community School

Duluth, Minnesota

Garlough Environmental Magnet School

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Kennedy Community School

Saint Joseph, Minnesota


Crossroads College Preparatory School

St. Louis, Missouri

The College School

St. Louis, Missouri


Lothrop Science & Technology Magnet Center

Omaha, Nebraska

Miller Park Elementary

Omaha, Nebraska

New Jersey

Bernards High School

Bernardsville, New Jersey

Midtown Community Elementary School

Neptune, New Jersey

Adler Avenue Middle School

Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

The Willow School

Gladstone, New Jersey

New York

Hampton Bays Middle School

Hampton Bays, New York

Sleepy Hollow Middle School

Sleepy Hollow, New York

Bethlehem Central Middle School

Delmar, New York

North Carolina

Evergreen Community Charter School

Asheville, North Carolina

American Hebrew Academy

Greensboro, North Carolina

North Dakota (Bureau of Indian Education)

Circle of Nations

Wahpeton, North Dakota


Loveland High School

Loveland, Ohio

North Adams Elementary School

Seaman, Ohio


Sunnyside Environmental School

Portland, Oregon

Willamina Elementary School

Willamina, Oregon

Gladstone High School

Gladstone, Oregon

Catlin Gable School

Portland, Oregon


Radnor Middle School

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

A.W. Beattie Career Center

Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Classical High School

Providence, Rhode Island

Nathan Bishop Middle School

Providence, Rhode Island


Fishburn Park Elementary School

Roanoke, Virginia

The Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration

Rocky Mount, Virginia


Tahoma Junior High School

Ravensdale, Washington

Camelot Elementary School

Auburn, Washington

Secondary Academy for Success

Bothell, Washington

The Overlake School

Redmond, Washington

West Virginia

Hilltop Elementary School

Wheeling, West Virginia

Wyoming County Career & Technical Center

Pineville, West Virginia


Dimensions of Learning Academy

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Middleton High School

Middleton, Wisconsin

Purdy Elementary School

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin


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