Stoddert D.C's First-Ever DOE Green Ribbon School

4/24/2012, 12:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stoddert Elementary School in Ward 3 has been named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, making it the first-ever public school in the District to earn the distinction.

Schools nationwide receiving the award were recognized for creating green environments, promoting healthy schools and working to provide environmental and outdoor education.

"I am so proud of the entire Stoddert Elementary School community for this prestigious recognition," said District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "Being green and teaching green makes our schools healthier and safer places for our students, while also saving money. Teaching our children early about the importance of the environment around them will make them smart, strong stewards of their communities."

Stoddert, which was modernized by the Department of General Services in 2010, received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and boasts a range of sustainability features. The school's green elements include: an extensive geothermal system under the athletics field that provides the building's heating and cooling; two green roofs; light shelves that improve day lighting, reduce solar heat gain in the summer, and allow winter sun to penetrate and heat the school as well as a comprehensive recycling program; glazing for improved insulation; individual lighting; and HVAC controls in every classroom.

"I'm delighted to see Stoddert Elementary recognized by the White House for being a green leader," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "My administration is committed to making the District the most green and livable city in the world, and our schools are already leading the way to that goal."