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Lexington school named Green Ribbon school, 1 of 2 Kentucky schools honored

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Two Kentucky schools were named U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Green Ribbon Schools.

Cassidy Elementary School in Lexington and Ascension School in Louisville were named Green Ribbon Schools for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and energy costs, improve health and wellness, and offer effective, sustainable education, according to the DOE.

In a news release, the DOE honored 27 schools, five school districts, and four post-secondary institutions across the country for their innovative efforts in the aforementioned areas.

“This year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees have raised the bar for sustainability, healthy and safe school environments, and hands-on learning experiences that connect students of all ages to the world around them,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As we recover from a pandemic that highlighted the need to modernize school infrastructure, improve ventilation, and create versatile indoor and outdoor learning spaces, we have an opportunity to invest in sustainable practices that enhance student learning, health, and well-being. At the Department of Education, I’m proud that we’re proposing to establish a new Office of Infrastructure and Sustainability to support state and local leaders on these efforts, and that we have named a Special Advisor to this vital work.” 

All Green Ribbon winners were named from a pool of candidates across 19 states.

A list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities can be found here along with their nomination packages.