Environmental Sustainability

Northwest School Named 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The Northwest School has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2019 Green Ribbon School. The award honors schools for their innovative efforts to address three elements: reducing overall environmental footprint, improving health and wellness in community, and offering effective environmental and sustainability education opportunities.

“As a school, we have always taken seriously the maxim that ‘all education is environmental education,’” says Head of School Mike McGill. “As such, we are committed, throughout our program and urban campus, to teaching and modeling sound, ecologically sensitive practices for our students and encouraging their proactive engagement in making the world more just and sustainable.”

The Northwest School is being honored for the many ways environmental sustainability is woven through the school’s operational and institutional practices and curriculum, such as the 3,000-square-food and student-built Urban Farm and Garden, our comprehensive Health and Wellness Program, the Outdoor Program, the Dining Hall Program, and the endowment’s transfer to 100 percent environmental-, social-, and governance-screened investments.

Northwest is one of 35 schools, 14 districts, and four postsecondary institutions honored with the recognition, and one of four winners from the state of Washington.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.