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Missouri Green Ribbon Schools Nominees

These schools have been nominated to the US Education Department's Green Ribbon Schools program by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. US ED will notify the schools and the state about awards on Earth Day, April 22 of this year.

2017 Green Ribbon Nominees

Keysor Elementary
Kirkwood Schools - St. Louis

Keysor Collage

Keysor's signature program is Project IDEA (Imagine, Discover, Explore and have Adventures), a Landscape for Learning that provides a natural, sustainable and inclusive outdoor space where students, families and members of the community can learn together. In addition to play and learning spaces, it provides food for school snacks. Following an analysis of lunch room waste in 2012, students worked with staff to reduce waste going to the landfill by 78% through composting and single stream recycling. This fall, second grade students started a "No Straw Challenge" reducing straws by 50%. Keysor's "Health and Wellness" instruction includes days where students can earn miles by walking or biking to school, and school-wide "Fun Runs". Read more about Keysor's accomplishments in their nomination form.

 

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
MRH Schools - Maplewood

Maplewood Richmond Heights Collage

Maplewood Richmond Heights' signature approach is its metaphor of "School as Expedition", which takes kids out of the classroom 15% of the school year. Starting on school grounds, students study ecological science in the pollinator garden and explore physics through climbing trees. A trip to the Smokies led to this award winning video about salamanders. Studies of their watershed starts with local wetlands and culminates in a trip to the Gulf Coast. Their land-locked urban campus collects rainwater for the garden and the chickens, maintains bees, and composts cafeteria waste. This year they received a grant from the MO Department of Health and Senior Services which they used to complete the CDC School Health Index. The results are being used to set specific health goals for the next year. Read more about MRH's accomplishments in their nomination form.

 

McKelvey Elementary
Parkway Schools - Maryland Heights

    McKelvey Elementary Collage

One of McKelvey's outstanding achievements is the reduction in energy use over the last four years. Using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, the school's energy use went from 5,291 kBtus per student in 2012 to 4,253 kBtus per student in 2016. This 20% drop in energy use, along with other strategies resulted in a 22% drop in green house gas emissions. Students and staff initiated several practices in the cafeteria to promote healthy eating and reduce waste: food choices color-coded for healthy eating, bins with free healthy fruits for everyone, "Waste Free Wednesdays, and a video on sorting cafeteria waste. School learning centers around the idea of being a global citizen, and student projects like Shoeman Water Project connect social well-being to the environment. Read more about McKelvey's accomplishment in their nomination form.

 

Parkway North High School
Parkway Schools- St. Louis

Parkway North High School Collage

One of Parkway North's outstanding acheivements is the high level of engagement of students and faculty in student-initiated projects to benefit the school and the community. For example, students presented on composting to the Superintendent, and it became a district-wide initiative. Student clubs have been competitive nationally in Envirothon - an environmental problem solving challenge, and in the Lexus Eco-Challenge, for which they organized an appliance recycling drive for the community. The outdoor education curriculum includes "Adventure Pursuits" with a unit on climbing and rappelling. Reductions in the school's environmental footprint include a 25% reduction in energy use per student and converting at least 8% of the school site to ecologically beneficial landscaping. Read more about the Parkway North's accomplishments in their nomination form.

 

Ray Miller Elementary
Kirksville RIII Schools - Kirksville

Ray Miller Collage

Ray Miller's signature achievement is its commitment to and ability to leverage community connections. It partnered with the Missouri River Community Network to fund an AmericCorps member to help develop quality outdoor programs taking advantage of its existing outdoor classrom and its Green Thumb Project (GTP). GTP started as a student group project at Truman State University and grew into an organization dedicated to providing nutrition and outdoor education in Kirksville. One example is the fall BioBlitz. Students practiced their net skills leading up to the blitz and then, assisted by 50 high school students, spent a day finding insects and other animals at the Department of Conservation Regional Office. The students also made and sold crafts made from discarded plastics and sold them to help fund restarting a recycling program at the school. The school also partners with the local YMCA, Extension, and Rotary to expand the diversity and depth of health related programs for students and their families. Read more about Ray Miller's accomplishments in their nomination form.

 

Missouri Green Ribbon Schools Honorable Mentions

These schools submitted applications that had significant accomplishments in at least one of the three pillars (environmental footprint, health and environmental education).

Border Star Montessori
Kansas City Schools - Kansas City

Border Star Montessori Collage

Border Star Montessori benefits from a strong parent and partner network. A parent driven green team has piloted numerous green initiatives, and continues to champion recycling and composting efforts, and outdoor learning in the schoolyard garden and prairie acre planted in native grasses and wildflowers. The plantings and interpretive signage are used to discuss the environmental services of native plants. Border Star consistently recycles 16 yards of co-mingled materials each month, and composts nearly 40 yards of food waste each month. This represents nearly 50% of what had been over 100 yards of trash per month. One of Border Star's innovative practices is hosting a Farmer's Market for School Families.

 

J.A. Rogers Elementary
Kansas City Schools - Kansas City

J.A. Rogers Elementary Collage

J.A. Rogers forms part of a natural corridor along the Blue River, with 60% of its campus permeable to water and 30% in forest that connects with Trailwoods Elementary. The school is implementing an energy management software package that provides real-time analytic reporting to help track energy and water use. Blue River Watershed Association partners with the school to teach 6th graders about earth systems and water cycle. Students collect water from fountains, parking lot puddles, and creekbeds to test for sediment, chemicals and other contaminants. KC Water Services teaches its "Journey of Stormwater" to 5th graders and learn how to estimate the amount of stormwater runoff from the school parking lot and then discuss an EPA consent decree concerning overflow control.

 

Longfellow Elementary
Kansas City Schools - Kansas City

Longfellow Elementary Collage

Longfellow Elementary has a school yard garden and a monarch garden that provides habitats for pollinators as well as monarch butterflies. Staff are enrolled in the KC Healthy Kids Farm to School Leadership Academy. Blue River Watershed Association partners with the school to teach 6th graders about earth systems and water cycle. Students collect water from fountains, parking lot puddles, and creekbeds to test for sediment, chemicals and other contaminants. KC Water Services teaches its "Journey of Stormwater" to 5th graders and learn how to estimate the amount of stormwater runoff from the school parking lot and then discuss an EPA consent decree concerning overflow control.

 

St. Louis University High School
Private - St. Louis

St. Louis University High School Collage

St. Louis University High School most significant contribution to sustainability was its decision to remain in its central city location, only minutes from the Gateway Arch. By staying instead of moving to the suburbs, it played a role in the revitalization of the neighborhood. It partners with Gateway Greening to support a community garden which includes honeybees. This January they met with other independent secondary schools to begin work on sustainability projects in the St. Louis area.

 

US Education Department Green Ribbon Schools Awardees

These schools are recipients of the US Education Department's Green Ribbon Schools Award

2012 Awardees

Crossroads College Preparatory School - Private - St. Louis

The College School - Private - St. Louis

2013 - 2015 Awardees

Missouri did not participate in the Green Ribbon Schools Program

 

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