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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: February 17, 2021

Green Ribbon School

Coyote Willow Family Magnet K-8 School was recognized for being named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Coyote Willow Family Magnet K-8 School recently was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Green Ribbon Schools program helps facilitate state and local collaboration around school facilities, health, and environmental education.  Green Ribbon Schools are celebrated for their cost-saving, health-promoting, and performance-enhancing sustainability practices.  Schools are chosen for their efforts in reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation in the areas of facilities, grounds, and operations;  improving health and wellness through coordinated school health, with consideration to air quality, contaminant control, acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, school nutrition, and outdoors physical activity; and offering effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections, and green career preparation.

In every grade level, students at Coyote Willow study environmental science from a problem-based or inquiry-based perspective. These studies cover such topics as waste management, energy conservation measures, and nature. A student-initiated seventh-grade project was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education. This project involves an inquiry and practice of conservation practices in the Bosque alongside professional researchers. Also highlighted by the Department of Education was an eighth-grade peer mediation program used to address communication and other social issues.

The facility itself is also part of the reason the school is being celebrated as a Green Ribbon School.  Occupancy sensors, low-flow fixtures, effective landscaping that reduces water consumption, the collection of stormwater runoff to water the landscape, a planned solar photovoltaic array, the use of a geothermal heat pump, and an extensive recycle/upcycle program all add to the reasons for the national recognition.  Congratulations to the Coyote Willow, students, staff, and community!

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