DoDEA's Tarawa Terrace Elementary School, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (DoDEA Mid-Atlantic District) was named by the U.S Department of Education as 2017 Green Ribbon Schools Awardee.
In total, across the country, 63 schools and 9 districts will be honored. The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 28 state education agencies or jurisdictions.
The schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that: Reduce environmental impact and costs; Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
More information on the 2017 Green Ribbon Program can be found on Department of Education site.