Arabia Mountain High School in nearby Lithonia is one of four schools to represent Georgia in the U.S. Department of Education’s new National Green Ribbon Schools program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Monday.
The schools are able to compete through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia, Georgia EPD, The Clean Air Campaign, and the Turner Foundation.
The Turner Foundation has pledged $10,000 for the school or schools who are recognized with a National Green Ribbon, the Georgia DOE said. The prize will be split if more than one Georgia school is selected for the National Green Ribbon Program.
The program is described as showcasing schools across the U.S. whose staff, students and officials have worked together in having optimal efficiency in energy, water, and waste management, healthy students and school environment, and environmental education.
The other schools are Crabapple Elementary School (Fulton County Public Schools), Savannah Country Day School (Savannah private school), and Springdale Park Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools).
"In these challenging times, school systems across the state are embracing innovative ideas to reduce costs and focus resources on the classrooms where students learn,” said Lt. Governor Cagle in the Georgia DOE's release. “I’m proud to launch the National Green Ribbon Schools contest to recognize Georgia schools that are implementing groundbreaking tools to reduce their energy costs. This will allow us to redirect precious financial resources towards direct instruction, create a healthier learning environment for our children, and give our students career-relevant, first-hand experience in one of our state’s emerging industries.”