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Three Louisiana Schools Honored as 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

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May 04, 2017

BATON ROUGE: Two Louisiana schools and one postsecondary institution have been selected as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and U.S. Department of Education Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee, including Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse, Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The schools were nominated for the award by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education.

The press office of the U.S. Department of Education made the announcement on Thursday (May 4).

Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts and nine postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

“I commend each school, district and institution of higher education for their efforts to create a healthy learning environment for students, faculty and staff,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These schools have done exemplary work to help prepare the rising generation for the careers and challenges of the 21st century.”

Belle Chasse Academy built a year-round hydroponic greenhouse for students to grow and sell produce to local Plaquemines Parish restaurants and farmers, reinforcing the link between income generation and sustainability efforts. The school’s 18 ground-bed victory garden yields local, organic produce served as a part of the Harvest of the Month program to every student. Adjacent to the victory garden is the kindergarten-eighth grade integrated math garden, equipped with a unique shaped bed for each grade level and designed as an outdoor classroom immersion learning tool for all math levels.

Mayfair has made great strides to reduce resource consumption. Since 2014, the school has reduced energy consumption by 20 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. For its efforts, Mayfair has twice earned EPA’s Energy Star award. Rain barrels catch water which is used for what little irrigation is needed, as they have selected plant varieties that are native to Louisiana and are drought tolerant.

LSU’s Campus Sustainability Office manages solid waste and recycling for the university, measures and tracks energy and water usage and works with academic partners to ensure a connection between operations and education at LSU. One example is the partnership between the Environmental Management Systems degree program (part of the College of Agriculture) and Campus Sustainability. Each semester students from the environmental management classes volunteer time to help with campus sustainability-related projects, such as game day recycling cleanup.

Honorees were confirmed from a pool of candidates nominated and exhaustively reviewed by 29 state education authority implementation teams, including 28 states and the Department of Defense Education Activity. They include 45 schools, including one charter, six non-public, and five magnet schools. Twenty-eight of the nominated schools (44 percent) are classified as disadvantaged. A total of nine postsecondary institutions were nominated that include three career and technical community colleges.

A list of all honorees can be found here, viewed on a map here and read in the 2017 Highlights Report. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.

Nominations for Louisiana were submitted by Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator at LDWF. He can be reached at 225-765-2864 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.

Original Press Release http://www.wlf.louisiana. gov/news/41077

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