Springdale Park Elementary School is one of only 78 schools across the nation to be designated a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The announcement was made earlier this week in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Recognized schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st Century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy. This is the first year the U.S. Department of Education has recognized schools for this achievement.
More than 350 schools competed for the recognition. The winners include 66 public schools, including 8 charter schools and 12 private schools. All winning schools will receive special green ribbons in recognition of their accomplishment.
Last year, Springdale Park Elementary School earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which is next to the highest certification for school buildings and campuses in recognition of the unique nature of the design and construction of K12 schools.
Springdale Park underwent a $12.1 million total renovation and expansion recently that incorporated energy efficient and environmentally friendly, low-emissions geo-thermal technology into the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.