Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Campaign for Environmental Literacy, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. Department of Education congratulated Manchester Valley High School on being named a 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
Manchester Valley High School was nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education. The award recognizes schools that reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.
Eric A. King, principal, said: “I am really proud of all the hard work that the students and staff at Manchester Valley put in to this initiative. This was a great learning experience for everyone involved. I am also very happy that Manchester Valley is doing our part to protect our precious environment.”
At the event, 46 schools and six districts were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. In addition, six colleges and universities were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award. Representatives from honored schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions received sustainably crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements.
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.
Pictured (L to R) Kirstie Troutman, Academic Facilitator; Rusty Lamotte, Science Teacher; Hannah McNett, Science Teacher; Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education.