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Schools Nominated for Green Ribbon Schools Award

Cedar Grove and Summit Hall elementary schools have been nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to receive the 2013 Green Ribbon Schools Award. They are the only schools in Maryland to be nominated by MSDE.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.

In 2012, Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring was one of only 72 schools nationwide to be recognized by the USDE as a Green Ribbon School.

The MSDE has also nominated Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) for the Green Ribbon District Award. This is the first year that entire school districts can apply for this award recognizing school systems that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainability.

MCPS has a comprehensive district-wide program to reduce the environmental footprint of its facilities, including recycling initiatives, energy conservation efforts and a commitment to green construction practices.

The winners will be announced by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on April 22, 2013.

Visit the School Energy and Recycling Team Program webpage for more information.


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