Green Ribbon Award to ABRSD-APS
On April 22, 2013, the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton Public Schools were awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS). The ED-GRS award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.
K-12 School District Award from MassRecycle
APS/ABRSD won a statewide first place award for our progress with recyclables and compostables and the reduction of solid waste. MassRecycle has recognized us with its K-12 School District Award. Read the details in the MassRecycle Awards Memo, dated December 2, 2013, the Mass Recycle Website or the Acton Patch Story. This recognition honors the hard work of many people throughout the district including:
In moving forward on capturing compostables, ABRSD-APS is demonstrating statewide leadership. We are also acting in concert with a statewide policy trend, as Mass DEP plans to enact a ban excluding food scraps from solid waste collection as of July 1, 2014. Big congratulations to one and all!
International Green Flag Award to ABRHS
In 2012, ABRHS was awarded the international Green Flag award, the 4th school in the US to receive this honor. The Green Flag framework has been adopted in 50 countries around the world with 50,000 schools participating at various levels, and has recently been adopted in the US with the National Wildlife Federation serving as the Eco-Schools USA host. Three student teams (Resource Force/Power Down, Recycling Club and Envirothon) cooperated to complete the rigorous requirements for earning the award, including audits and major projects in energy, solid waste and water. Read about our Green Flag projects:
In addition, the Power Down Project at ABRHS received a national award from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) and the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Press coverage included the Boston Globe, several national posts on National Wildlife Federation (NWF) blogs and the Acton Beacon.
Power Down Project Receives National and State Awards
The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) recognized the Power Down Project with the 2012 National Senior Level "Rookie of the Year" title and flew 10 students and chaperones to Washington, DC to receive the award. Read their story in the NEED Annual Report. In addition, the Power Down Project at ABRHS received the 2012 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.