GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Academy is one of two schools in the state to be named to the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools.
The U.S. Department of Education named Greenwich Academy and Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School in Bridgeport as Green Ribbon Schools for "their efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health of students and staff, and offer environmental education," according to a press release.
The two schools were among 48 schools from 30 states to receive the honor. This is the third year of the Green Ribbon School award program and the second year Connecticut nominated schools for consideration.
“As we prepare children to compete in a global economy, it’s critical that we take a hands-on approach to improving the facilities where learning takes place,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy. “Teachers, administrators, staff and students at Greenwich Academy and Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School in Bridgeport are to be commended for their forward-thinking efforts to lead the nation in green initiatives that save state and federal dollars and help sustain our environment.”
Greenwich Academy of Greenwich is Connecticut’s first private school nomination, according to the release. The school serves 800 girls in prekindergarten to Grade 12.
Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School and Greenwich Academy were nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program through the Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program.
“Environmental education offers our youngsters an invaluable opportunity. Through the work of greening their schools and communities, students help create healthier learning environments. They also develop the skills for success in college and 21st century careers,” said state Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor. “We thank the Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program for its stewardship of the nomination process. And we applaud Bridgeport's Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School and Greenwich Academy for earning Green Ribbon School awards this year.”
The Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program is free and open to all K-12 schools, both public and private. Schools receive support to grow greener and focus on “LEAF”: leading, educating, achieving, and fostering healthy, green schools for all, according to the press release.