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Quincy High School honored for environmental action

Posted by Anne Steele  May 13, 2013 05:00 PM

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L-R: Secretary EOEEA Richard Sullivan; Quincy Planning Director Dennis Harrington; Representative Tacky Chan; Representative Bruce Ayers; Award Committee Chair Ursula King; MA DOER Deputy Director Lisa Capone; Quincy High School Principal Frank Santoro; MA DOE Program Coordinator Lauren Greene, Sustainable Design Director at Symmes Maini & McKee Martine Dion, Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Quincy Public Buildings Director Gary Cunniff, QHS Assistant Principal Ellen Murray, DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia.

Quincy High School is one of four schools statewide nominated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to receive the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools National Award.

The school was honored May 13 in the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House as part of the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan’s annual Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards ceremony, and will be presented their award at the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools National Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Quincy High School is among 64 Massachusetts schools and 14 districts that were announced as 2013 Green Ribbon schools nationwide honorees. The honored schools and districts were selected for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways.

“We are very proud of the award-winning work achieved in this collaborative effort between Planning Department Staff, Quincy High School Principals Frank Santoro and Ellen Murray, as well as the Director of Public Buildings Gary Cunniff,” Mayor Thomas P. Koch said. “I am extremely proud that their accomplishments have received national recognition for the City of Quincy. “

Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro agreed, saying that "In order to be nominated for such a significant honor, a consistent collaboration of school and city staff is necessary. I am certain that the city of Quincy and the school system will continue to find ways to reduce environmental impact and provide students with environmental education opportunities.”

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