California Casualty Supports Washington’s 2017 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees

Green Gables Elementary School Receiving Their Green Ribbon Designation Honor From California Casualty

Achieving the Green Ribbon Schools award is a huge accomplishment and we are proud to help sponsor this program.

California Casualty congratulates the two Washington State schools that have been named 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. Green Gables Elementary (Federal Way) and Lakeridge Elementary (Mercer Island) are among 63 districts and schools across the nation this year that achieved the honor.

To achieve the Green Ribbon Schools status, the districts and schools had to meet three key pillars:

1.    Reducing environmental impacts and costs

2.    Improving the health and wellness of students and staff

3.    Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); civic skills and green career pathways

Green Gables Elementary succeeded in reducing energy usage over 15 percent between 2011 and 2016.The school was the first in its district to initiate a comprehensive recycling and composting program, and was the first in the district to build an organic garden.

Lakeridge Elementary School’s Green Team continues to lead the school in various sustainability activities including waste reduction, recycling and energy and conservation practices. They ran a successful campaign that resulted in a 15 percent decrease in food waste.

“Every Green Ribbon Schools honoree should feel incredibly proud of what they have accomplished,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “The efforts of these students and educators will have an impact for decades to come. We should all be teaching the next…

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