U.S. Secretary of Education Honors Elon as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Elon University was honored for its comprehensive programs to promote environmental sustainabillity.

Elon was represented at the U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon School awards ceremony by Robert Buchholz, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Director of Physical Plant; Jessica Bilecki, Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach; and Elaine Durr, Director of Sustainability.
Elon University was one of 11 colleges and universities in the nation to be recognized as a 2016 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education at an awards ceremony on July 20 in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Christine Harada, and Deputy Director of the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council Anisa Baldwin-Metzger joined U.S. Secretary of Education John King Wednesday to congratulate Elon University on their achievements toward sustainability at the ceremony.

At the event, 47 schools, 15 school districts and 11 colleges and universities were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. Honorees were selected from a pool of nominations made by 27 state education authorities, including 25 states, the District of Columbia, and DoDEA. Elon was nominated by Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and a member of the Governor’s Education Cabinet.

Highlights of Elon’s efforts can be viewed on E-Net or along with summaries of all Green Ribbon School recipient achievements listed here

A list of all selected schools and districts as well as more information on the federal recognition award can be found online