U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education announced two Kentucky schools – Arlington Elementary (Fayette County) and Robert D. Johnson Elementary (Fort Thomas Independent) – have earned the 2024 Green Ribbon Schools award.

The award goes to schools that focus on three pillars:

  • Reducing environmental impact and cost;
  • Improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and
  • Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Arlington Elementary and Robert D. Johnson Elementary are among 41 schools, 10 districts, three postsecondary institutions, and one early learning center being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and offer effective sustainability education.

Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Robin Fields Kinney congratulated the two Kentucky schools for earning the honor.

“Moving to more sustainable practices and improving the overall health and wellness of the people within our buildings is always a priority,” said Kinney. “The work that Arlington Elementary and Robert D. Johnson Elementary have done to become Green Ribbon Schools is truly remarkable.”

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council is the nominating board for Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools.