The Department of Education is looking for Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools that have implemented environmental standards and programs to be recognized in its Green Ribbon School program.
“The Green Ribbon Schools program will recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the BIE schools that are working hard to create environmentally friendly and healthy learning spaces,” BIE director Keith Moore said in a statement. “The BIE is dedicated to leading the movement to build a healthier and sustainable future for our children across Indian country.”
The statement pointed out how schools that have instituted safer environmental practices can now be recognized nationally during the pilot year of the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program (ED-GRS).
According to the press release, the program encourages schools to:
- Implement energy conservation measures that pave the way for reduced environmental impact, cost savings, and job creation;
- Undertake environmental and behavioral changes in schools that ensure the health, wellness, and productivity of students, teachers, and staff, and;
- Promote environmental education that supports students’ strong civic skills, environmental stewardship, and workforce preparedness.
Schools can apply on the BIE website. Applications are due by February 24 and up to four winners will be announced in April.