The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools on Wednesday received the Best of Green Schools award in the School System category from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S Green Building Council, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network.
The award winners were announced at the Green Schools Conference and Expo. The “Schools System” category recognizes school systems that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.
Dan Schnitzer, CHCCS’ Sustainability coordinator said of the award, “CHCCS is deeply committed to embedding sustainability throughout our operations and perspectives on education. We are honored to receive this recognition from the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network. The validation of our work in sustainability furthers our dedication to creating a healthy environment for our students.”
The annual Best of Green Schools awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects, and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. Nationally, CHCCS was the only “School Systems” award winner.
“CHCCS continues to raise the bar in sustainability education and leadership,” said Anisa Heming, director, Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “We believe that every student across the country should have the opportunity to learn in and from a green school environment, and CHCCS is making that happen in their local community every day. CHCCS serves as an inspiration to their peers, and we look forward to being part of, and learning from, their work.” The Best of Green Schools awards celebrate the hard work being done to push the green schools movement forward. Honorees included schools with innovative and integrated curriculum that represents the best that 21st century learning has to offer, policy makers who’ve made environmental sustainability core to their platforms, and legacies and organizations that came together on the national level to advance healthy schools for all.
“Every year, I continue to be amazed by the incredible work of the honorees to realize our vision of clean, green, sustainable schools across the U.S.,” said Jennifer Seydel, executive director of Green Schools National Network. CHCCS’ passion is the driving force behind the green schools movement. I commend CHCCS for their efforts in advancing sustainability education and leadership in our schools.”