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U.S. Education Secretary Awards Green Ribbon and District Sustainability Awards at EL School, Mundo Verde

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    Lauren Parent

D.C.’s first sustainability-focused charter school hosts Earth Day Announcement of 2013 Green Ribbon Schools 

WASHINGTON, DC (APRIL 22, 2013) — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Perciasepe, announced the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and the first-ever District Sustainability Awards today at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, calling the school a ‘win-win-win’ in which the school’s focus on sustainability, saving money and preparing citizens for the 21st century’ exemplifies innovative teaching and learning. 

Green Ribbon Schools are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century. More information on the federal awards to all winners can be found here:

Mundo Verde Founder and Executive Director, Kristin Scotchmer said she was “thrilled to roll out the ‘green’ carpet for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2013 Green Ribbon School announcement. As a local school that is only a few years old, we are honored on Earth Day to host national leaders as they present awards to schools and districts from all over the nation that are leading the way in preparing our children for a future filled with both opportunity and risk.”  Mundo Verde is the District of Columbia’s first school dedicated to both biliteracy and education for sustainability. Purposefully diverse and culturally inclusive, Mundo Verde is an Expeditionary Learning School designed to empower students to reach their full potential and give them the skills they need to work together to solve sustainability challenges.

Scott Hartl, CEO of EL, added “Mundo Verde models the core values of an EL school like deeper learning, a focus on building student character and building teacher capacity, while also building 21st century citizen scholars who are committed to sustainability and innovation.”

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EL partners with school districts to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, pre-K–12, and in all settings-urban, rural, and suburban. The EL school model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in schools. EL has 20 years of experience developing the capacity of new and veteran teachers to strive for the expanded definition of student success - a vision that combines rigorous academics with critical higher order thinking skills - laid out by the Common Core State Standards. Most recently, the NYC Department of Education recommended EL’s Common Core ELA & Literacy Curriculum for Grades 3-8, for use in New York City’s schools.  The curriculum combines high quality, rigorous, standard-aligned content with effective instructional practice, bringing together the “what” and the “how” of the Common Core standards. It is designed to help teachers envision and implement engaging instruction that allow all types of learners to succeed. For more info, visit The EL network includes more than 160 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students. For more info, visit