LEEC eNews Bulletin: Louisiana School Receives National Honor for Environmental and Sustainable Friendly Practices

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  Brookstown Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). The Louisiana Department of Education nominated Brookstown for the award.
 
“We are proud to count Brookstown Middle School among the nation’s Green Ribbon honorees,” said Louisiana Green Schools Coordinator Brian Gautreau. “This award is a reflection of the state’s commitment to fostering healthy and productive learning spaces for all students—present and future—by reducing our impact on the environment and promoting wellness in our schools and communities.”
 
Across the country, 35 schools, 14 districts, and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. 
 
Aquaman would be impressed by the Brookstown aquaponics superheroes. Brookstown’s student-led aquaponics program helps to provide fresh, nutritious lettuce to students and community members. The past two years have produced over 260 pounds of lettuce while engaging students in hands-on STEM learning. Brookstown has also made commitments to reducing environmental impacts and costs through upgrades to their facilities in the past three years, reducing energy consumption by 29 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent.