LSU Recognized with U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Honor

Green Ribbon BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, and LSU is one of nine institutions of higher education recognized this year.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our efforts to create a more sustainable campus. This honor is a recognition of the hard work that LSU students, faculty and staff have invested in environmental stewardship and sustainability education, as well as operating more efficiently to reduce the carbon footprint of our university,” said Tammy Millican, executive director of Facility & Property Oversight. 

Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine 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. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Georgia.

“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.”

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 39 public schools, including five magnet schools and one charter school, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 14 percent are rural. The postsecondary honorees include three career and technical and community colleges.

In addition to the U.S. Department of Education recognition, LSU has been the recipient of a number of honors for its sustainability efforts. Some recent awards include Environmental Leadership Awards from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the years 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016; Bicycle Friendly University in 2016; Tree Campus USA for the consecutive years 2012 to 2015; and Green Sports Alliance Award Recipient in 2016. The university was selected for several sustainability-related grants such as three $10,000 awards from Keep Louisiana Beautiful for sustainability-related improvements and projects on campus.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 63 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

In Louisiana, LSU is joined by Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse, La., and Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, La., in being recognized this year.

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