This Monday, April 22, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School in Columbia Heights will be welcoming US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce this year’s Green Ribbon
Schools. Secretary Duncan will be joined by Nancy Sutley,
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Bob
Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,
and will give remarks prior to the honorees being officially announced.
Prospective Green Ribbon Schools undergo
a thorough nomination and application process. Each school must demonstrate
that they are minimizing environmental impact; creating a healthy learning
environment; and providing exemplary curriculum focusing on environmental
literacy. Schools should also emphasize the importance of STEM and civics
education. This is the second year of the Green
Ribbon Schools program and three schools in DC were nominated,
including Mundo Verde. Development and communications specialist Maureen Dizon
said they are "very excited" about the event, and it is an honor for
them to be recognized only three years after opening their doors.
Mundo Verde is a public charter school
with a bilingual curriculum in English and Spanish, and a special emphasis on
sustainability and environmental stewardship. Their facility currently
includes an organic garden which is incorporated into classroom learning on
sustainability and environmental health, along with trips to local farms to
learn about food production. They currently cover PreK3 through 1st grade, and
plan to add more classes as their students grow.
Senator Duncan’s remarks will be livestreamed at
10:30 Monday morning, live from an early childhood education classroom at Mundo
Verde, where he will also visit the school’s garden and learn more about how
they are incorporating environmental education into their curriculum.