NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: APRIL 4, 2012


Three North Carolina public schools and one private school are competing for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award, which recognizes the highest performing green schools in the nation.

The schools nominated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's School Planning Division are:

  • Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville
  • Green Hope High School (Wake County Schools)
  • Moore Square Middle School (Wake County Schools)
  • American Hebrew Academy (private school), Greensboro

State Superintendent June Atkinson said,  "It is important that we not only provide students the curriculum that will help them learn the value of responsible management of the world's natural resources but also to provide them the opportunity to learn in a building that reflects the values we are trying to teach."

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan began the Green Ribbon Schools award as a way to improve education facilities and building energy savings while fostering student and staff health, wellness, productivity and achievement. The award recognizes demonstrated achievement or improvement in the following three areas:

  • Environmental impact and energy efficiency;
  • Healthy school environments and practices; and
  • Environmental and sustainability literacy.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It lays out a thoughtful vision for the nation's schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that encourage them.

North Carolina and 33 other states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Education are participating in the Green Ribbon Schools program, which is being piloted this year. The U.S. Department of Education will announce award recipients on April 23, and winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC on June 4.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.