The U.S. Department of Education honored the University of Georgia (UGA) with the Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award in a ceremony on Wednesday, July 19, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. 

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Management Holly Ham, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director of Education Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Jr. and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council Anisa Heming honored the University of Georgia and other 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools during the ceremony.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards were given to a total of 63 schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions throughout the country.  Awardees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, creating healthy learning environments and providing real-world sustainability education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

Sustainability research, education, service and campus operations are hallmarks woven throughout UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan.  From reducing energy use intensity by 21% and water use intensity by 24% since 2007, to plans for conversion of one-third of the largest campus transit fleet in the country to electric buses, the University of Georgia is improving the world and addressing grand global challenges through better local solutions.  Inspired leaders, resilient communities and thriving natural systems… that’s our commitment.

Also at the awards ceremony in D.C., the Assistant US Secretary of Education honored Ms. Keisha Ford-Jenrette from the Georgia Department of Education, as the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools Director of the Year, and announced that the state of Georgia will host the 2017 Green Strides Tour with the theme “Taking Learning Outside.”

Writer: Andrew Lentini, 706/542-1301, alentini@uga.edu
Contact: Kevin Kirsche, 706/542-1301, kkirsche@uga.edu