May 18th, 2011
Penny Starr, CNSNews.com
Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S.
schools have been selected as “Green Ribbon Schools,” a designation that will
“honor” schools for “creating healthy and sustainable learning environments” and
for “teaching environmental literacy.”
The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced
in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor
entails have not been released.
Jo Ann Webb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, told
CNSNews.com that the program is still under development.
“The criteria have not been developed yet,” Webb said. “The plan is for the
U.S. Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
Council for Environmental Quality to develop the criteria this spring and summer
and to issue the call for applications early this fall.
Webb said the program would recognize schools for “engaging students on
environmental issues and producing environmentally literate students; increasing
energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies; and creating healthy
learning environments by addressing environmental issues in the schools.”
Webb said approximately 50 Green Ribbon schools could be named on Earth Day
2012. In announcing the program, Obama administration officials touted the
importance of environmentalism as part of a good education.
“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most
important work any of us can do,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said
when he announced the new program last month. “It’s work that will serve future
generations and quite literally sustain our world.”