The U.S. Department of Education has announced it’s 2019 Green Ribbon winners, and a Delaware district and school made the list.
Across the nation, 35 schools and 14 districts were honored for their innovative efforts to address the three “pillars” of the program: reducing environmental impact and utility costs, improving health and wellness and ensuring effective sustainability education.
The Caesar Rodney School District in Kent County was award, as was the Jefferson School in Georgetown. Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said “The Caesar Rodney School District and the Jefferson School exemplify how our schools can reduce their environmental impact, save resources, improve the health and wellness of their communities and provide students with hands-on, engaging learning.”
The Caesar Rodney School District has made efforts to reduce food waste, introduce food sharing tables in cafeterias, plant community gardens and improve energy efficiency and sustainability. The Jefferson School “promotes active, engaged learning via multi-sensory, hands-on experiences” according to state officials. It too, has incorporating gardens and greenhouses into the educational experience.
Governor John Carney will honor the Delaware winners at an event scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. at W. Reilly Brown Elementary School in Dover.