2017 Green Ribbon School award recipients announced

From the Department of Public Instruction

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated two public schools, one school district, and one postsecondary institution from Wisconsin that were among 63 educational institutions named 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

The two state public school awardees — Houlton Elementary School in the Hudson School District and Kromrey Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District — are among only 45 schools recognized nationwide as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Additionally, the Washburn School District was among only nine nationwide to receive the District Sustainability Award, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was one of nine institutions that received a Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

“Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition,” Evers said. “This year’s Green Ribbon honorees are working on environmental literacy and connections to the community through place-based, hands-on learning. Be it in a school garden, a conservancy out their back door, or on the shores of nearby Lake Superior, these students are connecting what they learn every day with our great state.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program, in its sixth year, recognizes early learning centers, schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions that demonstrate promising practices to improve the health of students and staff members, reduce environmental impact and utility costs, and engage students in hands-on learning experiences. The 2017 award recipients will be recognized at a national event in Washington, D.C., on July 19.

Evers nominated the school and district awardees after they achieved “Sugar Maple” status in the state’s Green and Healthy Schools program. Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a partnership of the departments of Public Instruction and Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.