Science teacher Peter Kinne accepts the award on behalf of Berkshire School at the State House in Boston on May 13. Pictured: Ursula King, Chairman of the Secretary's Advisory Group on Energy; Richard Sullivan Jr., Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Mark D. Sylvia, Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources and Lisa Capone, Deputy Director MA Department of Energy Resources
Berkshire Named Green Ribbon School
Award Honors Schools and Districts for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs; Improving Health; and Offering Environmental Education
Berkshire was named a Green Ribbon School by the Department of Education last month, one of 64 schools in the nation and one of only 10 private schools. The award honors schools and districts for “exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.” (US Department of Education)
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“Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools."
"This is an extraordinary achievement for a school our size and a great honor to Berkshire and its students who have made a commitment to sustainability a part of the campus culture," said Interim Head of School Pieter Mulder.
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