Omaha's King Science and Technology Magnet Middle School is among the 64 second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, it was announced Thursday.
The selected schools are being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.
King Science has instituted many projects and initiatives over the last several years to earn the Green Ribbon School distinction, including a classroom recycling program, a cafeteria recycling program, an urban farm on school grounds designed and maintained by students, aquaponics garden technology used to harvest and donate produce to the Open Door Mission, holding Kountze Park cleanup days, curriculum topics covering renewable and nonrenewable energy and winning the Student and Mentoring Engineering Competition Award of Distinction for a hydroelectric generator project.
King Science was confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 32 state education agencies. The list of selectees includes 54 public schools and 10 private schools.
King Science joins two other OPS schools that also achieved the Green Ribbon School distinction. Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary were part of the inaugural class of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools in 2012.