St. Andrew’s School is one of 64 schools in the nation named a national 2013 Green Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week.
The schools were recognized for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure environmental education, including civic and green career pathways.
Last month, St. Andrew’s was one of Delaware’s first schools to be recognized in the state’s inaugural Green Ribbon program after devoting 44 percent of its 2,200-acre grounds near Middletown to tillable farmland and other ecologically-beneficial uses, including a rain garden, swales and several naturalized areas.
The school’s newly-constructed field house, which was certified at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, also features a unique infiltration bed design that reduced storm water runoff by 94 percent.
“St. Andrew’s truly walks the walk,” DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara said after the school won national honors April 22. “Over the past few years, they have emerged as a national leader in demonstrating environmental stewardship, reducing one’s ecological footprint and inspiring students to create a more sustainable future.”
This year’s national Green Ribbon schools included 54 public schools and 10 private schools. Delaware’s Green Ribbon schools also included Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Conrad School of Science and Richardson Park Elementary School, in partnership with the Richard Park Learning Center.
“I hope other schools in our state will emulate the work of St. Andrew’s and Delaware’s other state Green Ribbon School winners,” state Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.