Spalding Park Environmental Sciences Elementary School Recognized as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss announced today that Spalding Park Environmental Sciences Elementary School is a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The school is one of 73 selectees across the nation to receive this national recognition.

The Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are demonstrating progress in three areas: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Unique about the award is that, in order to be selected for federal recognition, schools, districts and postsecondary institutions must be demonstrating progress in all three areas, not just one area.
Some of the items that Spalding Park Environmental Sciences Elementary School initiated include collecting an average of 750 pounds paper and cardboard for recycling each month, and implementing a new compost system for the school gardens by using leftover waste from the lunches.