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Honor highlights education jobs in Connecticut

Posted on May 9, 2016

Some schools are getting the spotlight put on education jobs in Connecticut.

Three Connecticut schools are being recognized as 2016 honorees under the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Green Ribbon Schools Program, including East Hartford’s Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, Hartford’s Two Rivers Magnet High School, and Stamford’s King School.

Winning schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education their campuses.

“We are making strides towards cleaner, greener ways of living, and the steps these Connecticut schools have taken are truly something to celebrate.  It’s a great honor for the students, their dedicated teachers and administrators, and all of us across the state,” Governor Malloy said.  “These schools are standing up to protect the environment and I’m thrilled they are being recognized nationally for their efforts.”

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.

The private prekindergarten-12th-grade King School adopted a comprehensive sustainability plan that has improved building performance, reduced carbon emissions, increased use of locally sourced food, and more.

“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,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “I applaud Connecticut’s 2016 Green Ribbon schools for protecting our environment today and setting us on a course towards a more sustainable future.”

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