The U.S. Department of Education announced that MICDS is among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Two Upper School students, Alex Hutton ’20 and Dean Sliney ’20, focused their Independent Study course in pursuit of this recognition.
Hutton and Sliney extensively researched and shared the story of MICDS’ efforts through narrative and data prompts under the three pillar categories: the reduction of environmental impact and utility costs, health and wellness of students and staff, and effective sustainability and environmental education. Science Department Chair Bob Shaw said, “This endeavor is relevant in all aspects of the School from facilities, purchasing, food service, and grounds to curriculum, student services, and administrative decisions.”
“The success of the application speaks to the dedication of our teachers, staff, and administration in providing the best possible sustainable learning environment,” Hutton said. Sliney added, “It’s been a tremendous honor to help garner recognition for MICDS at such a high level. It was easy to represent MICDS because our School was founded on the very same ideals that define the Green Ribbon School program.”