Stephens Co. Schools Receive Honorable Mention in ‘Green Ribbon’ Program

The Stephens County School System receives an honorable mention award from the state of Georgia for its efforts in energy efficiency.

The state named the Stephens County School System as the Honorable Mention Small District for the state’s Green Ribbon School District program.

Stephens County is one of two districts to receive honorable mention. Cherokee County received Honorable Mention in the Large District category.

The Gwinnett County School System was named as Georgia’s Green Ribbon School District for this year and will compete for the national honor.

One individual school and one district each was selected in Georgia to compete in the national program, which allows schools and districts to compete for awards up to $10,000 pledged by the Turner Foundation for demonstrating energy efficiency efforts.

The Green Ribbon program is a partnership in Georgia involving the state’s Department of Education, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the Clean Air Campaign, and the Turner Foundation

According to officials, the program seeks to showcase schools and districts across the nation where staff, students, officials, and communities have worked together to produce progress in three areas of green school activity, including optimal efficiency in energy, water, and waste management; healthy students and school environment; and environmental education.

While the Stephens County School System received recognition as an Honorable Mention district, Rabun County Elementary School also received recognition as an Honorable Mention school.