Urban Community School (UCS
), 4909 Lorain Avenue, has been named the only National Green Ribbon School
in the state of Ohio by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives this distinction to select schools, districts, and educational institutions across the country for success in reducing environmental impact and utility cost, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective environmental education. UCS was recognized for its ongoing efforts to reduce its ecological footprint while promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
“We commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Urban Community School for their efforts in creating a green learning environment and providing leadership to other schools,” said Maureen Dowling, director for the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, in a statement.
“Urban Community School is honored to receive this distinction from the U.S. Department of Education,” added UCS principal Lisa De Core. “Our school is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact while also incorporating green principles into our pedagogy and teaching our students the importance being green.”
De Core cited a number of recent initiatives the school has undertaken that demonstrate its commitment to green, sustainable principals and learning, including:
· Setting up timers on computers and lights to power them down
when not in use
· Installing refillable water bottle stations and water fountains
· Encouraging students to carry reusable water bottles to avoid
disposal of plastic bottles
· Composting food waste in The Early Childhood wing and recycling
waste throughout the campus
· Using recycled ink cartridges and purchasing 100% recycled
School representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to receive the award.