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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Florida.

"I commend each school, district and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy, safe and cost-efficient learning environment for students, faculty and staff," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "These schools have done innovative work to help prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century while also teaching them how to be good stewards of the environment."

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Following is the list of 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Award, and Postsecondary Sustainability Award honorees:


  • Legacy Elementary School Madison, AL

  • Woodland Forrest Elementary School Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL


  • Monterey Road Elementary School Atascadero, CA

  • Top of the World Elementary School Laguna Beach, CA

  • Maple Village Waldorf School Long Beach, CA

  • Jack London Community Day School Valley Glen, CA

  • Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Truckee, CA


  • Central High School Grand Junction, CO

  • Mackintosh Academy Littleton, CO



Department of Defense Education Activity



  • Charles R. Drew Charter School Atlanta, GA

  • Godley Station K-8 School Savannah, GA

  • Saddle Ridge Elementary Middle School Rock Springs, GA

  • Lanier High School Sugar Hill, GA

  • Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA



  • Monroe Elementary School Hinsdale, IL

  • Southside Occupational Academy Chicago, IL

  • Wolcott School Chicago, IL

  • University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL





  • Newport Mill Middle School Kensington, MD

  • Manchester Valley High School Manchester, MD


  • Arlington Public Schools Arlington, MA

  • Mendon-Upton Regional School District Mendon, MA


  • North Park Elementary School Fridley, MN

  • Moreland Arts and Health Science Magnet School West St. Paul, MN

  • River's Edge Academy School St. Paul, MN

  • Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, MN


  • Elementary School Creve Coeur, MO

  • Green Trails Elementary School Chesterfield, MO

  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School Kirkwood, MO

  • St. Louis University High School St. Louis, MO


New Jersey

  • Highland Regional High School Blackwood, NJ

  • North Brunswick Township High School North Brunswick, NJ

New York

  • Park Avenue Elementary School Warwick, NY

  • Warwick Valley High School Warwick, NY



  • Wexford Elementary School Wexford, PA

  • Mt. Lebanon High School Pittsburgh, PA

Rhode Island

  • Potter-Burns Elementary School Pawtucket, RI

  • The University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI


  • Lanier Middle School Fairfax, VA

  • Henry County Public Schools Collinsville, VA


  • Broad View Elementary School Oak Harbor, WA

  • Carnation Elementary School Carnation, WA

  • Eatonville Elementary School Eatonville, WA

  • Weyerhaeuser Elementary School Eatonville, WA


  • Brooklyn Elementary School Oregon, WI

  • Oregon Middle School Oregon, WI

  • Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI

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