Neenah, Wis. — On the 45th annual Earth Day—Wednesday, April 22—Lake Mills Elementary School, a project completed by Miron Construction Co., Inc., was honored as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, an award program that highlights exemplary sustainable practices and achievements by schools, districts and institutions of higher education.
This prestigious designation is awarded to schools, districts and institutions of higher education that:
· Reduce environmental impact and costs
· Improve the health and wellness of schools, students and staff
· Provide environmental education while incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways
Lake Mills Elementary School was nominated for the Green Ribbon Award by State Superintendent Tony Evers.
“From conserving water to increasing recycling to paying attention to nutrition and fitness and integrating those lessons across the curriculum, [Lake Mills has] made a considerable commitment to addressing the major environmental challenges we face in Wisconsin, the nation, and our world,” Evers, said. “I congratulate Lake Mills Area School District on being awarded the Green Ribbon for its efforts to ensure healthy, safe environments for both students and staff members.”
As one of 120 projects worldwide piloting the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED v4 Beta Program and the only K-12 school in the group, Lake Mills Elementary School and Miron’s partnership and feedback was instrumental in helping the USGBC fine-tune and improve the latest version of its LEED green building program. The result is a state-of-the-art, 21st century, healthy, high-performance, sustainable learning environment that was delivered under Lake Mills Area School District’s approved referendum budget.
The full list of Green Ribbon recipients will be announced on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. CST athttps://www.youtube.com/user/