Iowa school, community college get ‘Green’ honor
An Iowa elementary school and community college were recognized as Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Spalding Park Elementary School in the Sioux City Community School District and Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo were among 47 schools, 15 school districts and 11 postsecondary institutions chosen nationwide for the honor.
The institutions were chosen for their commitment to reducing environmental impact, improving health and offering effective environmental education.
Spalding is in the process of formally becoming an environmental science specialty school. The school itself was built with the most up-to-date technologies to maximize energy efficiencies.
Hawkeye Community College was recognized for its energy efficiency initiatives that have decreased energy costs more than $100,000 annually, and reduced energy usage by 2,191,536 kilowatt-hours. Funds received from recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass bottles have been used to implement a Go Green Scholarship.