was among four Georgia schools commended by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Monday morning for their efforts to be green.
Springdale Park, which is located in Druid Hills, and three others were nominated to represent Georgia in the National Green Ribbon Schools contest, launched this year by the U.S. Dept. of Education to award conservation-minded schools. The other Georgia schools are Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Milton and the Savannah Country Day School.
According to a press release from the Georgia Dept. of Education, Springdale Park can win up to $10,000 — pledged by the Turner Foundation — if it is one of the schools recognized with a National Green Ribbon.
The Green Ribbon program draws attention to schools that promote the "three pillars" of green school activity — 1. Optimal efficiency in energy, water and waste management; 2. Healthy students and school environment; and 3. Environmental education.
"In these challenging times, school systems across the state are embracing innovative ideas to reduce costs and focus on the classrooms where students learn," Lt. Gov. Cagle said during a commendation Monday at the State Capitol Building. "I'm proud to launch the National Green Ribbon Schools contest to recognize Georgia schools that are implementing groundbreaking tools to reduce their energy costs."