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Mundo Verde Receives Mayoral Honor for Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability

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    Lauren Parent

Congratulations to Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School on receiving a Mayoral Honor for Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability!

 

MUNDO VERDE RECEIVES MAYORAL HONOR FOR OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

Ensures a Sustainable DC through green education for school-age children in the District

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 29, 2013 - Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School was named a winner of the 2013 Mayor’s Sustainability Awards in a ceremony at The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) on July 25, 2013. Mundo Verde was one of nine recipients whom Mayor Vincent C. Gray honored for demonstrating outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainable practices. Also in attendance were Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Director Keith A. Anderson and numerous business and community leaders. Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and co-owner of the Washington Mystics, Wizards, and Capitals served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Since 2009, the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards (previously the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards) have been awarded through a competitive selection process to individuals, businesses, and civic organizations in D.C. Mundo Verde was the only school honoree recognized at this year’s awards.

“We are thrilled to be honored for contributing to Mayor Gray's collective vision for a more sustainable and equitable District of Columbia,” shared Mundo Verde Executive Director, Kristin Scotchmer. “From our students to their families, and extending through partnering organizations, schools play a critical role in spreading the importance of sustainability. Through education and engagement, each of us becomes a changemaker, actively working to better our communities, and ultimately, the world."

Purposefully diverse and culturally inclusive, Mundo Verde was founded to empower students to reach their full potential and give them the skills they need to work together to solve sustainability challenges. The school’s dual language immersion and sustainability focus is resonating with parents; for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, Mundo Verde received over 1300 applications for a limited number of student spots. 

The school seeks to make its permanent home at the former J.F. Cook School building at 30-44 P Street NW. Mundo Verde was awarded the building for revitalization and use in February 2013. In the process, Mundo Verde looks forward to collaboration and engagement with community members to help green the Bates-Hanover and Truxton Circle neighborhoods, creating a more sustainable D.C.

Mundo Verde also advances the green schools movement on a national scale. The school was recently named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for inspiring change and collective action in the areas of sustainability literacy, green infrastructure and operations, and environmental health and wellness. Mundo Verde has also been designated an Ashoka Changemaker School, joining a network of leading elementary schools that nurture empathic leaders, capable of working in teams to solve shared problems. 

More About Mundo Verde

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter is dedicated to educating young people to become global stewards in an increasingly complex world. Mundo Verde aims to foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities. The engaging curriculum focuses on sustainability and biliteracy. www.mundoverdepcs.org 

More About the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards: www.ddoe.dc.gov

More About the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan: www.sustainabledc.org

To read more about the story on The District of Columbia website: http://mayor.dc.gov/release/mayor-gray-honors-nine-winners-outstanding-commitment-sustainable-practices