U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss today to announce the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on the Department's YouTube channel. Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 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.

"I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices," King said. "The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best."

"Earth Day reminds us of the great strides we've made to address climate change and protect our planet, but there is still a long way to go to ensure that our children and grandchildren can experience our earth's natural treasures just as we have," Goldfuss said. "By inspiring young people to connect with their environment every day, today's honorees are creating the next generation of environmental stewards."

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states, Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The honorees include 41 public schools and six private schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The postsecondary honorees include two community colleges and one work-college.

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 73 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.

Following is the list of 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability, and Postsecondary Award Honorees:


  • A.H. Watwood Elementary School
    Childersburg, AL
  • University of Montevallo
    Montevallo, AL


  • Bay Farm School
    Alameda, CA
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Oakland, CA
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District
    Manhattan Beach, CA
  • San Francisco Unified School District
    San Francisco, CA


  • Heritage Elementary School
    Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Poudre School District
    Fort Collins, CO
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    Colorado Springs, CO


  • CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School
    East Hartford, CT
  • CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School
    Hartford, CT
  • King School
    Stamford, CT


  • Wilmington Montessori School
    Wilmington, DE

Department of Defense Education Activity

  • Kimberly Hampton Primary School
    Fort Bragg, NC
  • Van Voorhis Elementary School
    Fort Knox, KY
  • Garmisch Elementary Middle School
    Bavaria, Germany

District of Columbia

  • Capital City Public Charter School
    Washington, DC


  • Beachside Montessori Village
    Hollywood, FL
  • Alachua County Public Schools
    Gainesville, FL
  • Orange County School District
    Orlando, FL


  • Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
    Atlanta, GA
  • Pharr Elementary School
    Snellville, GA
  • Paideia School
    Atlanta, GA
  • City Schools of Decatur
    Decatur, GA
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, GA
  • Spalding Park Elementary School
    Sioux City, IA
  • Hawkeye Community College
    Waterloo, IA


  • Eastern Elementary School
    Lexington, KY
  • Russell Cave Elementary School
    Lexington, KY
  • Berea College
    Berea, KY


  • Westdale Heights Academic Magnet
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Baton Rouge Magnet High School
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Benjamin Franklin High School
    New Orleans, LA
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Lafayette, LA


  • Sligo Middle School
    Silver Spring, MD
  • Broadneck High School
    Annapolis, MD
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools
    Annapolis, MD


  • Littleton Public Schools
    Littleton, MA


  • Glendale Elementary School
    Savage, MN
  • Henry Sibley High School
    Mendota Heights, MN
  • Macalester College
    Saint Paul, MN


  • Hellgate High School
    Missoula, MT
  • Two Eagle River School
    Pablo, MT


  • Prescott Elementary School
    Lincoln, NE
  • Alfonza W. Davis Middle School
    Omaha, NE
  • Irving Middle School
    Lincoln, NE

New Jersey

  • Whitehouse School
    Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • Egg Harbor Township High School
    Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Essex County West Caldwell Tech
    West Caldwell, NJ
  • Triton Regional High School
    Runnemede, NJ
  • Raritan Valley Community College
    North Branch, NJ

New York

  • Schuylerville Elementary School
    Schuylerville, NY

North Carolina

  • Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School
    Raleigh, NC
  • Sandy Grove Middle School
    Lumber Bridge, NC
  • Elon University
    Elon, NC


  • Urban Community School
    Cleveland, OH


  • Park Forest Elementary
    State College, PA
  • The School District of Jenkintown
    Jenkintown, PA
  • Slippery Rock University
    Slippery Rock, PA


  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Middle School
    Alexandria, VA
  • Charlottesville City Schools
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    Virginia Beach, VA


  • Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy
    Ashford, WA
  • Gaiser Middle School
    Vancouver, WA
  • Lakota Middle School
    Federal Way, WA
  • Bethel School District
    Spanaway, WA
  • Issaquah School District
    Issaquah, WA

West Virginia

  • Berkeley Springs High School
    Berkeley Springs, WV


  • West Middleton Elementary School
    Verona, WI
  • Glen Hills Middle School
    Glendale, WI
  • Granton Area School District
    Granton, WI
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, WI