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Lutz school earns prestigious environmental award
Lutz school earns prestigious environmental award

Lutz, Florida -- A Lutz school was among 78 schools in 29 states named as first-ever Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education Monday morning.

According to the DOE, Learning Gate Community School was recognized for their commitment to reducing environmental impacts, improving the health and academic performance of students and staff, and increasing the number of graduates that are environmentally and sustainability literate.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a Green Ribbon School,” Patti Girard, CEO of Learning Gate Community School, said in a release.  “For the U.S. Department of Education to acknowledge schools for teaching and practicing environmental sustainability gives all of us hope for a healthier and greener planet for future generations.”

Pine Jog Elementary School in Palm Beach County and TERRA Environmental Research Institute in Miami-Dade County were the other two Florida schools recognized.

The DOE said the winning schools represent a diverse portfolio that includes 66 public and 12 private schools in both urban and rural communities.  More than 100 schools were nominated by 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award Program was established this year to recognize schools’ exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education. Through innovative and sustainable concepts, the program advances the goals of environmental stewardship; cutting schools' energy costs; fostering health, wellness and academic achievement; providing a well-rounded education and increasing STEM skills; and boosting students' college and career readiness.

To learn more about the Green Ribbon Schools award program and to view a list of recognized schools, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/.

Florida has been recognizing students, teachers, schools and districts through the Florida Green School Awards since 2008.  The application for the new 2011-2012 Florida Green School Awards is now open at http://www.floridagreenschoolnetwork.org/nominationform/.  Students, teachers and classes are encouraged to apply now through June 4, 2012. Schools and School Districts are encouraged to apply now through July 13, 2012. 

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