Immaculata Catholic School in Durham Receives Green Ribbon Status
The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement
Immaculata Catholic School students hold some of the produce from their courtyard garden.
Photo courtesy of Immaculata Catholic School
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that Immaculata Catholic School in Durham is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.
Immaculata Catholic School was nominated because of the school’s innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
Examples of these efforts include:
• Increasing productivity in the school’s courtyard garden to help provide food for those in need throughout the community.
• Reducing cafeteria wastes by providing reusable lunch containers.
• Installing an energy-saving light system.
• Partnering with green companies to learn about sustainability.
• Hosting a blackout Earth Hour and E-Cycling event.
• Inviting the school’s recycling contractor to present to students on best practices.
• Introducing school-wide paperless solutions.
“It’s easy to become discouraged when looking at the world’s problems and feeling like there’s nothing you can do to make things better. But we can make a difference if everyone does something small — those small things add up to big changes,” says Karen Clark, a teacher at Immaculata Catholic School. “When we teach our students the importance of caring for the Earth, we have a bright future to look forward to.”