The principals of Amity’s three schools have signed commitment letters to participate in Connecticut Green LEAF Schools Program. The commitment letters have been sent to the CT Green Leaf representative at the Institute for Sustainable Energy and committees are forming at each school, according to Superintendent of Schools Charles Dumais.
“The Director of Finance & Administration and the Director of Facilities will participate in the committee work at each school. Each committee will complete a Green LEAF School Self-Assessment and work with the program liaison to identify the District’s accomplishments and future goals,” according to Dumais.
Connecticut Green LEAF Schools is a program of Connecticut Departments of Education, Energy and Environmental Protection, Administrative Services, and Public Health, in collaboration with more than thirty-five environmental and educational partners. The program helps schools to grow greener and focuses on “Leading, Educating, Achieving, and Fostering healthy, green schools for all.” There are three goals to the program including: providing effective environmental and sustainability education; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and reducing environmental impact and cost.
Connecticut Green LEAF Schools is free and open to all K-12 schools, both public and private. Implementation starts with a letter of commitment from the school administration. The school then can complete a self-assessment of their “green” activities and goals. Schools receive support in meeting their goals, including webinars, lessons, and professional development.
All participating schools are recognized for their accomplishments. Schools that show substantial progress in greening their schools may be eligible for nomination for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon honor. To date, 13 schools and one district across the State have earned federal Green Ribbon recognition.
The Connecticut Green LEAF School program supports Connecticut schools in providing effective environmental and sustainability education, improving the health and wellness of their students and staff and reducing their environmental impact and costs. The program celebrates and recognizes those Connecticut schools making progress toward sustainability. The Connecticut Green LEAF School program will also support the nomination of a select group of schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent