Green Ribbon Schools Finalists Announced

The following five schools and one district rose to the top of the scoring and were selected as “Minnesota Finalists”:

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•Chisago Lakes Middle School, Lindstrom, ISD 2144
•Harambee Community Cultures/Environmental Science School, Maplewood, EMID 6067
•Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School, West St. Paul, ISD 197
•Jeffers Pond Elementary School, Prior Lake, ISD 719
•School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, ISD 196
•Prior Lake – Savage Area School District, Prior Lake, ISD 719

Each finalist school was recently sent certificates signed by Commissioner Cassellius and Governor Dayton for their efforts to save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health and provide environmental education that incorporates sustainability into the curriculum. Non-finalists received letters and were encouraged to contact me for more feedback on their application.

After each of the finalists also provided additional background information and passed additional compliance checks, the following three schools and one district were nominated by Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and forwarded to the United States Department of Education for consideration as a national Green Ribbon School:

•Heritage Middle School (ISD 197), West St. Paul
•Jeffers Pond Elementary School (ISD 719), Prior Lake
•School of Environmental Studies (ISD 196), Apple Valley
•Prior Lake – Savage Area Schools (ISD 719), Prior Lake

On April 22, 2013, the United States Department of Education will announce the selection of the national Green Ribbon Schools during a press event. At that time MDE will send out a press release to local media. Selected schools will be invited to participate in an official recognition ceremony in early June in Washington, D.C.

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