The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Four North Carolina honorees are among a host of schools and districts nationwide named today as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for their efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.
Wrightsville Beach Elementary School and DC Virgo Preparatory Academy, both in New Hanover County, each received the Green Ribbon School Award. The Wake County Public School System received a District Sustainability Award in recognition for its district wide efforts and UNC Wilmington received a Postsecondary Sustainability Award for achievements at the university level. All of this year’s honorees have earned the prestigious recognition in North Carolina.
This year, Green Ribbon honorees were named from a pool of nominees representing 20 states. Across the country, 27 schools, three early learning centers, five districts, and five 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.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona made the announcement and congratulated the schools, districts