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Obama Administration to Honor Schools Promoting ‘Environmental Literacy’

By Doug Powers  •  May 17, 2011 08:56 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

“Green Ribbon Schools” — Because Al Gore deserves to head toward his twilight years with the comfort of knowing that the next generation is being trained to keep him in the lifestyle to which he’s become accustomed:

(CNSNews.com) – Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S. schools have been selected as “Green Ribbon Schools,” a designation that will “honor” schools for “creating healthy and sustainable learning environments” and for “teaching environmental literacy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor entails have not been released.

Jo Ann Webb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, told CNSNews.com that the program is still under development.
Webb said the program would recognize schools for “engaging students on environmental issues and producing environmentally literate students; increasing energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies; and creating healthy learning environments by addressing environmental issues in the schools.”

In the announcement on the Department of Education’s website, the EPA administrator even managed to work in the Obama campaign’s favorite recent slogan:

“The schools taking part in this initiative will help kids connect what they’re learning in science class with the world around them, allowing them to envision solutions to tomorrow’s challenges while living healthier lives today,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By making green living a part of everyday learning, Green Ribbon Schools will prepare our children to win the future by leading our global green energy economy.”

Or I suppose that could be a shout-out to the Gingrich campaign — both are sympathetic to the cause.

More on “Green Ribbon Schools” from the DoE:

The Green Ribbon Schools program reflects President Obama’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and preparing today’s students for jobs in fields that provide clean energy solutions.

If the Department of Labor’s stimulus-driven “Green Jobs Training Program” results are any indication, there’s a good chance that the only thing “Green Ribbon Schools” will prepare students for is the unemployment line.

**Written by Doug Powers

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