Published On: Wed, Aug 23rd, 2017

Celebrating a Sixth Cohort of U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges; Launching the 2017 Inexperienced Strides Tour

U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges (ED-GRS) started in 2011-2012 by defining “inexperienced faculty” in line with three Pillars.  In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and started an annual tour spotlighting the practices of honorees and launched a Green Strides sources portal for all to make use of.  The 2013-2014 cycle added an honor for state officials and 2015 introduced a postsecondary class and noticed the revamping of the Green Strides portal.

Want an event for celebration? On Wednesday, July 19th, we acknowledged 45 faculties, 9 districts, 9 postsecondary establishments, and one state schooling company official at a Washington, D.C. ceremony for his or her efforts to domesticate sustainable, wholesome amenities, wellness practices, and genuine place-based studying.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Training for Administration Holly Ham addresses the 2017 U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges at a ceremony on July 19th in Washington, D.C.

The Director of the Marketing campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Director of the Heart for Inexperienced Colleges on the U.S. Inexperienced Constructing Council Anisa Heming, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Training for Administration Holly Ham, and Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Training Director Louisa Koch congratulated the 2017 U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges.  They have been additionally handled to a particular briefing with hydrogen gas automotive demonstration provided by the U.S. Division of Vitality, a Nationwide Park Service ranger-led tour of Nationwide Monuments, and a reception with their Hill members sponsored by the Heart for Inexperienced Colleges.

As ED-GRS Director, I rejoice in honorees’ achievements every passing 12 months whereas persevering with to search for methods to make this federal communications and outreach software structured as a recognition award contemporary and helpful to the college communities we serve.  From tentative beginnings, it has turn out to be fairly clear to us right here at ED that sustainable faculty practices are right here to remain and that our federal company requires some understanding of college amenities, well being, and surroundings issues, significantly as they have an effect on studying.  I’ve been honored to serve on this evolving position, to learn each certainly one of our nominations in full yearly of this award, and to preside over our annual ceremony — which is at all times a particular occasion.

Studying from the numerous nationwide non-profit and federal colleagues who’ve educated us in these areas during the last 5 years, I, too, have come to think about wholesome, secure, sustainable faculties that provide real-world studying alternatives as one thing that must be the norm in all of our faculties.

I’m additionally thrilled to share that we’ll conduct a fourth iteration of the Green Strides Tour, which spotlights our honorees’ work, this 12 months to Georgia, and centered on the significance of out of doors studying.  You may be taught extra about that tour here.

To be taught extra about this 12 months’s U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, go to our website and annual Highlights Report.  You might also subscribe to our newsletter and comply with us on Facebook and Twitter.  Watch the ceremony video and examine photos.


Andrea Suarez Falken is Director of U.S. Division of Training Inexperienced Ribbon Colleges and Amenities, Well being, and Atmosphere Liaison on the U.S. Division of Training.  

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