The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the list of 2019 Green Ribbon Schools, honoring schools across the nation that are leading the way in reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring high-quality environmental education programming that prepares students with sustainability skills and concepts. Forest Lake Area High School is among the 35 schools, 14 districts, and four postsecondary institutions across the country to receive this honor.

“I continue to be impressed with our students and their dedication and creativity when it comes to finding possible answers to our most complicated problems, including sustainable solutions for a healthier environment,” Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said in a press release. “I congratulate Forest Lake Area High School on this prestigious recognition. Thank you for your efforts in making Minnesota and our planet a better place for us all.”

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The department and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education evaluate the applications and select schools for nomination to the U.S. Department of Education for the national award. Honorees will be honored at a September ceremony in Washington, D.C. and will receive a plaque and the use of the award logo to recognize their school. The honorees include 35 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. 

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