Chapel Hill-Carrboro one of 14 Green Ribbon school districts

Posted April 22, 2015 3:16 p.m. EDT

— Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools got a national honor Wednesday afternoon when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan listed the 14 districts to recognized as Green Ribbon districts, models of environmental sustainability. 

“We are very pleased to be awarded the Green Ribbon as a school district,” said Superintendent Tom Forcella. “It is the direct result of much creativity, collaboration and hard work of many people – all under the leadership of Dan Schnitzer, our Sustainability Coordinator.”

The district was recognized for its waste reduction, energy conservation and integration of sustainability education.

Schnitzer said the district's green practices go beyond saving money and energy to add an element to the students' education.

"Our goal is to help students create a sustainable paradigm that includes healthy habits and lifelong sustainability skills that benefit their health, their community and the environment," he said.