2011-2012 Green Ribbon Schools Award Recipients Announcement

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Green Ribbon Schools is proud to be awarding a Green Ribbon Schools Award to 63 schools for the 2011-2012 school year. You can view all of the Green Ribbon Schools Award recipients by visiting the participating schools page on greenribbonschools.org.

The schools recognized for their 2011-2012 leadership published a minimum of 1 project under each of the 4 Green Ribbon Schools’ Cornerstones (Eco-Campus, Natural Classroom, Health & Fitness, and Nature Adventure.)

Here are some of our favorite projects from this year’s award recipients:

  • St. Mary’s City School in an isolated Alaskan village learned the role of hunting and trapping in their cultural history. (Woody Woodgate, teacher)
  • Commander William C. McCool School in Guam learned about a local limestone forest and wetlands by meeting with a scientist, building observation areas and posting their findings in a school hallway dedicated to the project. (Debora Moore, teacher)
  • Meiners Oaks School in Ojai, Calif. developed an educational campaign (public announcements, websites, newsletter, raps, and poems) that motivated the entire student body to create an “eco-campus” that focused on daily campus-wide activities (saving electricity, reducing waste, “green” commuting, recycling).  The school celebrated achieving its goal with a final assembly that included a theme-based outdoor concert, student art and skits.  (Janis Duncan, teacher)
  • Doss Elementary in Austin, Texas sent their entire 5th grade class on a 3 day, 2 night camping trip to the Outdoor Learning Center at the Highland Lakes Camp in Spicewood, TX. While on the trip students spent time at many different outdoor learning stations including the climbing wall, the problem solving bomb diffuser and Mohawk Walk, Topsoil Tour, fishing, Energy, Whale Watch and Mt. Tops, orienteering, and archery. (S. Sherwod, teacher)

2011-2012 Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners Include:

Academy of the Pacific – Hawaii
Armando Chapa Middle School – Texas
Arthur Kramer Elementary – Texas
Ascension Catholic School – Florida
Berry Elementary – Texas
Bethesda Elementary – Maryland
Billy Mitchell Elementary – California
Brooks Wester Middle School – Texas
Bryker Woods Elementary – Texas
Cardinal Ritter High School – Indiana
CDR William C. McCool – Guam
Chandler Oaks Elementary – Texas
Coppell High School – Texas
Doss Elementary – Texas
East Central High School – Texas
Eisenhower High School – Kansas
Ennis Junior High – Texas
Feagin Mill Middle School – Georgia
Fernbank Elementary School – Georgia
Forth Worth Country Day School – Texas
General Ray Davis Middle School – Georgia
Greenbriar Elementary – Texas
James E Williams Elementary -Texas
Lakehill Preparatory – Texas
Learning Gate Community School – Florida
Lehman High School – Texas
Magellan International School – Texas
Matilija Junior High – California
Meiners Oaks Elementary – California
Mira Monte Elementary – California
Navo Middle School – Texas
Negley Elementary – Texas
New Horizon School Pasadena – California
No 76 Reilly Middle School – New Jersey
Nordhoff High School – California
Northstar School – Texas
Oppe Elementary – Texas
Ore City High School – Texas
Pescadero Elementary and Middle School – California
Red Oak High School – Texas
Redeemer Lutheran School – Texas
San Antonio Elementary – California
Schuylerville Elementary School – New York
Simon Middle School – Texas
Skyline High School – Arizona
St. Helen Catholic School – Texas
St Johns Episcopal – Texas
St. Mary’s City School – Alaska
St. Paul Inter Parochial School – New Jersey
Summit Elementary – California
Susie Fuentes Elementary – Texas
Temple EmanuEl – Texas
The Green Magnet School for Career Exploration – New York
Timberview Middle School – Texas
Timmerman Elementary – Texas
Topa Topa Elementary – California
Travis Elementary – Texas
Travis High School – Texas
Wakeland High School – Texas
Westwood Elementary – Texas
Willis Lane Elementary – Texas
Wyatt Elementary – Texas
Zelma Hutsell Elementary – Texas

Learn how to earn a Green Ribbon Schools Award for your school by visiting our website.

In Your Garden: Redeemer Lutheran’s garden provides hands-on curriculum for toddlers to eighth-graders

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Redeemer Lutheran, a Green Ribbon School, was featured in the Austin American Statesman on Friday August 17th, for their exemplary work they have done in creating and sustaining their school garden.

Read the full article in The Austin American Statesman and stop over to GreenRibbonSchools.org to view their Meals on Wheels Garden and their “Land Down Under” Nature Classroom.


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Shades of Green – Green Talk Radio

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Shades of Green focused on Eco Education for the August 9th radio show, and invited Green Ribbon Schools‘ Executive director Steve Amos, to be part of the conversation. Check out a great photo of Steve with the other featured guests, Davida and Albert Clary from Eco Kids, and the Shades of Green staff on the Shades of Green website.

Listen to the podcast of the August 9th radio show here.

Ojai Earns ‘Green School’ Distinction

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“For kids in Ojai’s public schools, going green is becoming a way of life. […]

The biggest effort to date has been a district-wide push to get each school certified as a “green school,” a goal that was finally achieved in the 2011-2012 school year.

“Marleen Luckman researched about a dozen programs for us, and found one we felt would be the best bet for Ojai,” said FFT executive director Lori Hamor. Luckman, in charge of FFT’s green operations and teacher support, settled on Green Ribbon Schools.

The national program gives a series of flexible Earth-friendly cornerstones to help teachers and administrators develop projects that work best for their individual schools. “The Green Ribbons Schools website is really set up for educators to visit and come up with ideas, so they’re not scratching their heads thinking, ‘Wow, there’s all this emphasis on going green, but what should we do?’ It gives them ideas based on what’s been done at other schools, and what works,” said Hamor.

With Ojai schools strapped for cash, and teachers strapped for time, seeking the Green Ribbon Schools certification made sense. It takes into account the locally available resources and environment, allowing schools to use what’s around them and expand what they’re already doing into projects that are educational, good for the environment, and good for students’ health.”

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