APS News Release

Discovery Named USDOE Green Ribbon School

Ceremony to be streamed on Facebook

Discovery Elementary School is being recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, sometimes called “ED-GRS.” Discovery is one of 45 schools being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

On Wed, July 19, a delegation from Arlington Public Schools including Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy and School Board representative Reid Golstein will attend a formal ceremony honoring the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook beginning at 2 p.m. on the U.S. Department of Education’s Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/ed.gov.

ED-GRS is a national designation that recognizes schools that have achieved national-caliber excellence combining both green building and construction practices and green teaching and learning practices.

Discovery Elementary is the largest Zero Energy elementary school ever built, and has been recognized as an Eco-Schools USA “Green Flag” school, and is on track to receive LEED Platinum certification. Integrating ecological and sustainability practices and focuses across all age levels and curricular areas, Discovery successfully demonstrates that a fully-public, non-magnet, non-selective elementary school can serve as a sustainable community of global citizens while simultaneously achieving local, individualized instructional excellence.