The Green Ribbon Schools Awards from the U.S. Department of Education honors schools, districts and higher education institutions that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health, and incorporate environmental sustainability into the curriculum. Awardees receive a plaque and a flag for the school, local recognition, and an invitation to the national ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program is described at the Green Ribbon Schools website.
The following schools, district and college received the 2015 Minnesota nominations and national awards:
City of Lakes Waldorf School, Minneapolis View City of Lakes Application
Harambee Elementary School, Maplewood View Harambee Application
Redtail Ridge Elementary School, Savage View Redtail Ridge Application
Rockford Middle School View Rockford Application
University of Minnesota, Morris View UM Morris Application
West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District 197 View ISD 197 Application
The Minnesota Department of Education, in cooperation with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, nominates candidates based on an application process. The timeline includes the availability of the application in early September, submission deadline in late December, and announcement of the award in April. For further information, contact John Olson, MDE Science Specialist at 651-582-8673.