Central High honored in D.C.

Central earns U.S. Green Ribbon
Posted on 09/21/2018

Grand Junction, CO - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Director Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming joined Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan today to congratulate Central High School on their achievements at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Central High School was nominated by the Colorado Department of Education. 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 

“Central is so proud to receive this recognition for all the work that has come from students, staff, District 51 and the community as a whole. This really has been a group effort to make a school built in the 1950s environmentally conscious and healthy,” said Lanc Sellden, principal of Central High School.

At the event, 46 schools and six districts were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. In addition, six colleges and universities were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.  Representatives from honored schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions received sustainably crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements. 

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. 

View the list of all selected schools and districts and summaries of each of the 58 honorees.  More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to meet the criteria for the award can be found here.

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