They’re Green

Two New Haven schools with environmental themes won green recognition Thursday from the state.

Several state agencies—including education, environmental, public health, and construction services—honored the two schools at a ceremony in Hartford.

They gave the schools—Common Ground High School, a not-for-profit charter school; and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, a K-8 run by the public school system—annual “Green Ribbon” awards for environmental consciousness.

Common Ground was recognized for, among other efforts, running a 20-acre urban garden producing 7,000 pounds of food; animal husbandry programs; and onsite student-led “rainwater recapture, school lighting improvements, recycling and composting” efforts. Click here to read about an example.

Barnard touted its “courtyard garden, greenhouses and nature center,” West River canoe trips, and LEED Gold-certified building. Click here and here to read about some of what the school’s been up to.

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