The U.S. Department of Education named Magnificat High School in Rocky River among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.
Magnificat High School was nominated by the Ohio Department of Education. This award acknowledges Magnificat’s commitment to sustainable practices and for leadership in facilities, health and environmental education. Magnificat is representative of promising practices to improve achievement and equity, not only for aspiring green schools, but for all schools.
“Sustainable practices have been a priority for our school community for many years as we are aware of our impact on the world,” said Moira Clark, president of Magnificat High School. “We intend to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint while teaching our young women the importance of environmental sustainability and care for our Earth. Our students have already taken significant leadership roles in pushing our school community forward in these initiatives, including recycling, composting, and the elimination of plastic water bottles on campus.”
Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 40 public schools, including two magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2018 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.
The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.