Two Iowa schools were honored by the United States Department of Education for their efforts towards making the world greener.
Starmont Community in Arlington and the Des Moines Independent Community School District were named Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
At the event, sixty-four schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including STEM, green careers and civics. The Des Moines Independent School District was one of 14 districts honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award.
“Together, healthy, safe and modern facilities combined with wellness practices like outdoors physical activity, nutritious food and hands-on environmental learning form a strong foundation for a quality education. These schools and districts exhibit best practices to reduce costs and increase achievement, health and equity, for all schools, not just aspiring green schools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Representatives from the schools and districts received sustainably crafted plaques and banners in recognition of their achievements.
According to EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe, “The Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees are preventing harmful pollution that leads to illnesses like asthma and creating healthier learning spaces for our children. Thanks to the efficient technology and energy-saving practices that help them achieve their goals, the awardees are also saving money.”