Austin American Statesman – “Elementary School Recognized for Green Projects”

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The Austin American Statesman recognized Travis Elementary School in San Marcos for being a two time Green Ribbon Schools Award Winner.

The school was recognized for school projects by its Supernova Class, including a composting program, an after-school garden club and announcements featuring nutrition and sustainability tips.

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SXSW Eco 2012

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SXSW isn’t just for music lovers anymore.  With the brand quickly expanding into other markets there is something for everyone.  They have interactive, fashion, film, and two of our favorites eco and edu.

This year Green Ribbon Schools‘ executive director, Steve Amos was pleased to sit on a panel, “Kids and Sustainability in an Urban World” with some other very prestigious speakers including Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn, the National Science Teachers Association President Dr. Karen Ostlund, and Austin ISD Board of Trustees VP Vincent Torres.

 

 

Travis Named Green Ribbon Award Winner 2nd Year

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San Marcos CISD featured Travis Elementary in their district wide newsletter for earning a Green Ribbon Schools Award for the second year in a row.

The schools recognized for their 2011-2012 leadership published at least four projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness.  Travis Elementary School’s projects involved the Supernova Class, headed by teacher Sara Torres, and included:

  • Project 1: Eco-Campus-Environmentally Friendly: Students began a composting program to coincide with the school’s recycling program. Students wrote their own play and performed before the student body, educating what students could reuse from their lunch leftovers to help with replenishing the garden with nutrients. Everyday Supernova students left a bucket for students o put leftover apple cores, banana peels, and vegetables that were added to the compost bucket.
  • Project 2: Nature Adventure/Nature Spaces: Travis Elementary was fortunate to receive a Time Warner Cable STEM Award that enabled Supernova students to continue the afterschool garden club. They built raised beds, filled them with garden soil, and planted fruits and vegetables. The food that was grown was sold to classroom teachers so that they would cook the vegetables with their students.
  • Project 3: Health and Fitness: Nutrition announcements were started over the PA system. Every week Travis Principal Niki Konecki made a nutrition announcement which would educate students on healthy eating choices.
  • Project 4: Natural Classroom: Earth Friendly announcements were made. Every week, the Supernova Class members make announcements informing their peers how to better treat our environment and work towards sustainability.

 

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Ultimate Katy – Williams Elementary recognized as Green Ribbon School

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Ultimate Katy  recognizes James Williams Elementary School for being selected as a National Green Ribbon Award School for 2011-2012. James Williams Elementary was one of 63 schools in 13 states to be recognized by participating in the four projects related to green building: recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, and nutrition and fitness.

The projects that James Williams Elementary Schools completed to earn their GRS Award included Wrangler Recycling Roundup, F.I.S.H. Club, Read, Deed and Run, and Worms and Dirt.

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GRS needs your Vote!

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Green Ribbon Schools has been nominated to present at the prestigious 2013 SXSWEdu conference. We need your votes to help us get chosen.

Please visit the voting page and click the THUMBS UP to CAST YOUR VOTE. Also please share this link with everyone you know! Voting ends Oct. 5th.