Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for 2017
U.S. Department of Education announced that Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees.
Pilot Knob Principal Tom Benson received a letter from United States Senator Al Franken commending the school's conservation efforts.
“Thank you for encouraging students, teachers, and parents to do their best for themselves and their community,” wrote Senator Franken. “Your dedication to our children and educational system - including your efforts to increase environmental sustainability and reduce negative impact on the environment - is inspiring.”
Pilot Knob is the fourth school in District 197 to be named a Green Ribbon School, joining Henry Sibley High School (2016), Garlough Environmental Magnet School (2012) and Heritage Environmental-STEM Magnet School (2013). In addition, District 197 was named a Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability awardee in 2015.
Along with promoting recycling initiatives like waste sorting in the lunchroom, Pilot Knob has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over the past seven years. Through sustainability efforts, Pilot Knob has avoided more than $17,000 in utility costs since 2009.
In total across the country, 45 schools, 10 districts, and 8 postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.