Wellington Elementary (Fayette County) has been named a 2014 Kentucky Green Ribbon School by the Kentucky Department of Education, along with its “green” partners, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council; Department for Energy Development and Independence; Kentucky School Boards Association; and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project.

The school becomes a nominee for the 2014 National Green Ribbon School Awards, which will be announced on April 22. If selected as an honoree for the 2014 National Green Ribbon Schools Awards, representatives from Wellington Elementary will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 22.

This award is a comprehensive recognition of exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education. It recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates.

Applications were evaluated in January by a team of representatives from Kentucky agencies and programs dedicated to greener schools. Applications included information based on high achievements or demonstrated improvements in three areas: net zero environmental impact, net positive impact on health of students and staff and 100 percent of high school graduates being environmentally and sustainability literate.

For more information on this program, contact Sherri Craig at (502) 564-4326, ext. 4426.