La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Summit Environmental School is one of four schools nominated for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon School award.
Along with the La Crosse School, other schools nominated for the award are Jefferson Elementary-Fox River Academy in the Appleton Area School District, Westlawn Elementary School in the Cedarburg School District, and Racine Montessori School in Racine. In addition, Fort Atkinson School District was nominated for a District Sustainability Award. The Green Ribbon award program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost student academic achievement and community engagement.
The online application required extensive data collection and reporting about the school's facility, its health and safety policies, food service, and environmental and sustainability curriculum and assessment. A state-level team of education consultants and content experts reviewed each school's application. Reviewers considered the applicant's demonstrated progress toward the goals of each of the three Green Ribbon Schools Pillars. Those include efforts to reduce the schools' environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff members, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.
At the federal level, applications from each participating state will be reviewed to determine if the nominees: 1) meet all of the eligibility requirements; 2) comply with all applicable federal civil rights and federal, state, local, and tribal health, environment, and safety statutory and regulatory requirements; and 3) meet high college- and career-ready academic standards. Winners will be announced on April 22.
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