STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford’s King Low Heywood Thomas School is one of three schools statewide that are being recognized for their environmental efforts, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced in Hartford this week.
The other schools picked by the U.S. Department of Education for its annual Green Ribbon Schools Program were Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford and Two Rivers Magnet High School in Hartford.
Winning schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impacts and utility costs, improve health and wellness and to adopt sustainability programs.
“We are making strides towards cleaner, greener ways of living, and the steps these Connecticut schools have taken are truly something to celebrate,” Malloy said.
King, a private kindergarten through 12th-grade school, adopted a comprehensive sustainability plan that has improved building performance, reduced carbon emissions, and increased the use of locally sourced foods, Malloy said.
Two Rivers Magnet Middle School started a composting program, installed a wind turbine and is installing solar panels.
At Two Rivers Magnet High School, students participated in sustainable design, water quality testing and aquaponics courses.
“Connecticut’s young people are among the savviest of next generation environmentalists – it’s imperative that our schools are leading efforts to curb pollution, improve efficiency, and reduce our overall impact on the planet,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said.
Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said the program gives students the opportunity to show others how to be global citizens.
They are "making a difference in their lives and the lives of others here at home,” she added.
In total, 47 schools and 15 districts across the country were honored by the program.
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