Categories: General Date: Apr 23, 2014 Title: Boston Latin School Receives 2014 National Green Ribbon Schools AwardCongratulations to the entire community at Boston Latin School for winning the very prestigious and well-deserved National Green Ribbon Schools Award! The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. Check out the other winners here
Excerpts from the Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 'Highlights from the Honorees 2014":
"Seven years ago, BLS students founded the Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN). It is a very active after-school club that has implemented transformative sustainability initiatives at the school and throughout the community — resulting in powerful youth leadership, sweeping facilities and school-wide curriculum changes, extensive outreach and partnerships, and community service that is unparalleled in the region."
"BLS students and staff are working toward education for sustainability – engaging youths in hands-on learning opportunities that build environmental literacy, develop critical thinking skills, and benefit the community. YouthCAN has conducted sustainability education and outreach in the community, maintaining numerous partnerships with youth organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and public officials in the Greater Boston area. Students organize free sustainability events that serve dozens of schools and organizations in the community every year, including a Climate Summit that brings hundreds of youths together to learn about and take action on issues such as transportation access, water conservation, and food systems..."
"What is unique about BLS is that the students themselves are driving all of this work. Students in YouthCAN manage their own communications and outreach, and, to date, have produced over 65 unique videos. Students have presented on local and national broadcasts, including the “Today” show, and manage a website for sharing best practices. The students have written dozens of their own grants, and have been successful in raising $320,000 to fund various sustainability initiatives."
"The largest and most ambitious project that the students are leading, with support from alumni, teachers, and the community, is the Rooftop Sustainability Learning Laboratory. This innovative project proposes to build a state of-the-art community green roof at BLS, where students and educators from across the city — and world — will come to learn how to think in terms of the world’s interconnected systems. The project will feature a rooftop garden, outdoor classrooms, and technologies and curriculum to promote STEM learning. The design for this shared facility was created by students who have been working with local architects and engineers for over four years to envision a space where students and educators alike can learn in an exciting facility that — literally — educates by design."
Keep up the good work BLS!!!