ALBANY, NY — The U.S. Department of Education will begin to accept nominations from New York in early 2012 for the state''s most environmentally-conscious school districts, according to the Rye Patch.
Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia are set to be included in a new initiative called Green Ribbon Schools, the article stated.
According to the article, the program''s purpose is to "recognize 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."
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), along with comparable entities in the other participating states, will nominate up to four schools to compete for federal recognition in the Green Ribbon program, the article noted.
The article noted that Green Ribbon Schools consists of three main pillars for determining how schools can best reduce their environmental impacts while supporting students'' environmental education and personal health, which include:
• Environmental impact and energy efficiency
• Healthy school environments
• Environmental and sustainability education.
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