Department of Defense Education Activity

U.S. Secretary of Education Honors Three DoDEA Schools Among 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

July 20, 2016 — U.S. Secretary of Education Honors Three DoDEA Schools Among 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Christine Harada, and Deputy Director of the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council Anisa Baldwin-Metzger joined U.S. Secretary of Education John King today to congratulate Kimberly Hampton Primary School, Fort Bragg, NC; Van Voorhis Elementary School, Fort Knox, KY; and Garmisch Elementary/Middle School, Garmisch, Germany on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kimberly Hampton Primary School, located at Fort Bragg, NC is a new facility which opened in the fall of 2014. The school was designed and constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards. Its state of the art design promotes green awareness and Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM) instruction, and is both environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The building is used as a teaching tool for both students and the community through its exposed infrastructure “bones” and environmentally friendly features, to include solar panels, a wind mill, and roof gardens.

Van Voorhis Elementary School is located at Fort Knox, KY, opened in 1958. Despite its chronological age, the building has undergone many renovations to conserve energy and provide a healthy school environment for both students and participating stakeholders. Curriculum and instruction has purposefully been designed to address the health and educational needs of Van Voorhis students to prepare them to become environmentally aware and responsible citizens. Van Voorhis School is closing this summer. All of the students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade will attend the new Kingsolver Elementary School which will be a LEED Silver certified school that is professionally designed to meet green energy and environmentally-conscious conservation goals.

Garmisch Elementary/Middle School is located in Garmisch, Germany. By integrating health, wellness and environmental responsibility into a 21st Century learning environment, Garmisch Elementary Middle School (GEMS) embodies not only green living but also green learning and leading. From the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” wellness program to the recycling/composting program, GEMS has created a multi-tiered, comprehensive program which provides students with the 21st Century tools they need in order to be responsible, environmentally conscious and successful members of a global society.

At the event, 47 schools and 15 districts were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. In addition, 11 colleges and universities were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award. Representatives from honored schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions received sustainably crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Director Tom Brady as well as Deputy Director Linda Curtis were in attendance at the ceremony to congratulate representatives from the three DoDEA schools..

The honorees were selected from a pool of nominations made by 27 state education authorities, including 25 states, the District of Columbia, and DoDEA. The list of selectees includes 41 public schools and 6 private schools. The public schools include 3 charter and 8 magnet schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle and 14 high schools are among them, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. 37 of the 2016 honorees (51%) serve a disadvantaged student body, 11 (15 %) serve rural students, and the list of postsecondary honorees includes 2 community colleges and one work-college.

View the list of all selected schools and districts and summaries of each of the 73 honorees. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to meet the criteria for the award can be found here.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.