Green Ribbon Schools

US Dept of Ed Green Ribbon Schools LogoMoreland named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) is pleased to announce that Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet Elementary School has been named a United States Department of Education Green Ribbon School for 2018. 

On May 16 the U.S. Department of Education announced this year’s awardees, honoring schools across the nation that are working to reduce environmental impact, promote health, and ensure high-quality environmental education programming that prepares students with sustainability skills and concepts. 

“Young people are taking action to make our world a better place for all of us on a variety of issues, including creating sustainable solutions for a healthier environment,” said Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “These students and their teachers are leading the way.”

Moreland is the fifth school in District 197 to be named a Green Ribbon School, joining Pilot Knob STEM Magnet (2017), Henry Sibley High School (2016), Garlough Environmental Magnet (2012) and Heritage Environmental-STEM Magnet (2013). In addition, District 197 was named a Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability awardee in 2015.

Along with implementing school-wide recycling and composting initiatives, last spring, Moreland flipped the switch on its rooftop solar arrays. Not only are the arrays expected to save the school district money in electricity costs, they are projected to offset nearly 72,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Moreland was excited to be one of the first schools in the district to have rooftop solar panels and it is exploring ways to use the solar dashboard data in its classrooms.

“We’re very proud of the staff and students at Moreland,” said Mark Fortman, district director of operations. “They have an active, student-led LIVEGREEN team to promote sustainability initiatives within their school and that has been key to their success. They have also been part of larger district-wide projects like our pollinator-friendly plan and the replacement of older, diesel buses with newer gas and propane buses to reduce emissions and improve fuel mileage.”

In total, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions throughout the U.S. were honored this year. Schools in Minnesota included Moreland, North Park Elementary School (Columbia Heights), River’s Edge Academy (St. Paul), and Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter).

Learn more about the Green Ribbon Schools program on the U.S. Department of Education website. A report with highlights of each of the 2018 honorees is also available on the site.