DETROIT – Two Michigan schools are among 78 nationwide named to the first-ever Green Ribbon Schools list, according to The Detroit News. The list is issued by the Department of Education in conjunction with the EPA to recognize schools with environmentally friendly buildings, curriculum and practices.

“Science, environmental and outdoor education plays a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told The News. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments.”

Detroit Edison Public School Academy and Clarkston High School are the two schools from Michigan to make the list, which features 66 public schools, including eight charter public schools, and 12 independent schools.

SOURCE: The Detroit News, “2 Michigan schools on national list of prestigious institutions,” April 23, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “An Alternative to Green Orthodoxy,” April 3, 2006