On July 19, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools awardees, recognizing two Better Buildings Challenge partners and one Zero Energy Schools Accelerator partner for their sustainability efforts and ecologically-minded student engagement.
Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, with over 197 schools and 220 facilities, was recognized for its overall district sustainability program. Two of the 34 schools in the Parkway School District in Missouri, McKelvey Elementary and Parkway North, were individually recognized for conservation efforts. Finally, Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia was acknowledged as the largest zero-energy elementary school in the U.S. and first in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The event was presided over by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Education Director, Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Management, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy, and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. DOE Better Buildings K-12 School Lead, Crystal McDonald, DOE Fellow Sapna Gheewala, and Better Buildings Challenge K-12 School account manager Jen Singer attended the event to congratulate program partners receiving awards for their accomplishments. Learn more here.