Yorktown’s Crompond School, Rye Country Day School and Chappaqua’s Horace Greeley High School have been nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program.
The three, joined by Humbert Humphrey PS 057 in Staten Island, will represent New York in the national competition that recognizes schools where staff, students, administrators and communities have gone green and promoted ecological awareness and advocacy.
The U.S. Department of Education has wanted to identify and advertise practices that end in better graduation rates, academic achievement and workforce preparedness, along with a government-wide goal to increase energy independence. This competition is one way to do that, organizers said.
The schools were nominated by the New York State Education Department. Applications will be reviewed by the federal education department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The competition was first launched in 2011. Last year, 78 schools from 28 states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education were named winners, including three from New York: Sleepy Hollow Middle School in Sleepy Hollow, and Hampton Bays Middle School in Hampton Bays and Bethlehem Central Middle School in Belmar.
Winners will be announced on Earth Day 2013, April 22.