Central High named U.S. Green Ribbon School

Central High named U.S. Green Ribbon School
Posted on 05/17/2018
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Grand Junction, CO – The U.S. Department of Education announced today, May 17, 2018, that Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. 

Central was selected for this honor based on its extensive sustainability and environmental protection efforts. Over the last decade, the school has decreased its energy usage by 39 percent, reduced its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 42 percent, reduced water usage by 36 percent, and gets 58 percent of its electricity from roof-mounted solar panels. Just a few examples of environmentally friendly student, staff and administration partnerships that led to earning Green Ribbon status include:

  • Science team students mentoring special education students about environmental impacts
  • A two-month pilot program that saved $3,572 by not turning on a second air conditioning compressor
  • Staff participation in monthly wellness challenges
  • All students are required to take Environmental Science or AP Environmental Science

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

Central High School was nominated for this national recognition by the Colorado Department of Education. Central is one of just two schools in Colorado to be recognized this year.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. 

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.  

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