Congratulations Glen Hills Middle School!
Glen Hills Middle School received the honorary recognition as a 2016 Green Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss in announcing the award recipients. Created in 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are demonstrating leadership in three Pillars:
1) Reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation.
2) Improving the health and wellness of students and staff, including environmental health, nutrition and fitness.
3) Providing effective sustainability education, including robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.
Glen Hills Middle School is a leader among Wisconsin schools pursuing sustainability. In 2013, Glen Hills received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD for Existing Buildings rating for their 43-year- old facility, a significant accomplishment of which they are justifiably very proud. The LEED certification process has allowed the building and staff to move into a deeper understanding of what sustainability means and incorporate it in all operations and maintenance at the building. To achieve this rating, the school showed its accomplishments in more than energy use reduction; water efficiency, stormwater control, integrated pest management, sustainable purchasing, waste management, green cleaning, indoor air quality, and innovative operations were also significant efforts on the way to LEED recognition. Located in Glendale, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, this public middle school has documented significant achievement in all three pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards program.
To read more about the honorary recognition click here.
To read Glen Hills submission for this award click here.