As we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) announced that J. C. Parks Elementary School in Indian Head, Maryland has been recognized as one of the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award honorees. J.C. Parks Elementary is one of 81 honorees chosen for their efforts to save energy, reduce environmental impact and costs, promote healthier schools, and provide environmental education, including green career pathways.
“I am proud that J.C. Parks Elementary School has been recognized as a leading example in their dedication and commitment to environmental education, and I commend their efforts to make our state a cleaner and healthier place for all Marylanders,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “I have been a strong supporter of efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay – our nation’s largest estuary – and its tributaries, which has played an important role in shaping the cultural and economic history of Maryland and our region. On this Earth Day, I believe we must take steps to preserve our natural resources such as the Chesapeake Bay, address renewable energy technologies, and improve energy efficiency, which will help save costs for families and businesses. I hope that the students at J.C. Parks Elementary will continue their efforts to protect our environment and our natural resources in their communities to ensure that we have clean air, water, and a cleaner state and planet.”
The Green Ribbon School honorees are invited to attend a national ceremony in July in Washington, DC where they receive a sustainable plaque and flag.