Carnation Elementary Earns National Recognition
as One of Four "Green Ribbon Schools" in the State of Washington
Four Washington Elementary schools received honors for their efforts in environmental sustainability, STEM, and wellness.
On May 16, 2018, Carnation Elementary received national recognition as one of just four Green Ribbon Schools in the State of Washington, as honored by the U.S. Department of Education, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
This is the seventh year the U.S. Department of Education has run the Green Ribbon Schools awards program. The aim of the department is to inspire schools, districts, and higher education institutions to strive for 21st century excellence.
Carnation Elementary adds this distinction to a long list of local and regional accolades. Carnation has long been a part of the King County Green Schools program and is now a “Level 4” sustaining school, meaning they add a new sustainability project each year. This year, the school's Environmental Club worked with third-grade teacher and club advisor Elizabeth Wing on securing water bottle filling stations and a reusable water bottle for every student in the school. Funds for the filling stations were made possible by a grant award from the Riverview Education Foundation.
Previously, in the fall of 2017, Wing was a leader in bringing together community partnerships between Stewardship Partners, a Seattle-based company empowering landowners to protect the lands and waters of Washington, the Snoqualmie Tribe, and Aspect Consulting, an engineering company focused on earth and water solutions. to help introduce a new rain garden to the campus.
Carnation is one of 46 schools, and Riverview one of six districts, nationwide, to have achieved this recognition.
"You have accomplished a great feat in the service of your environment," said Reykdal, in a statement provided to Riverview. "Thank you for leading the way in this important mission that impacts everyone. With your positive example, Washington students can practice the values of sustainability, conservation, and they can engage in green industries statewide."
To secure the Green Ribbon Schools designation, districts and schools were required to meet three key pillars:
- Reducing environmental impacts and costs.
- Improving the health and wellness of students and staff.
- Providing education on the environment and sustainability while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); civic skills; and green career pathaways.
California Casualty, a San Mateo, California-based insurance company, will provide $1,250 to each Washington awardee to continue sustainabilty efforts. Funds can also be put towards expenses related to traveling to the national honors ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September 2018.
In addition to Carnation Elementary, other schools recognized include:
- Broad View Elementary in the Oak Harbor School District for waste reduction and conservation efforts;
- Weyerhaeuser Elementary in the Eatonville School District for implementation of a produce and farm-based learning program; and,
- Eatonville Elementary for environmentally-themed STEM learning and community partnerships, also in the Eatonville School District.
The Riverview School District is proud of our Carnation Tigers for receiving these impressive accolades and applaud their continued school-wide focus on environmental sustainability and education.