WASHINGTON (NEWSPLEX) -- Charlottesville City Schools have been named a Green Ribbon School Program by the U.S. Department of Education.
Green Ribbon Schools are selected for reducing their environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and offering sustainability education including civics and green career pathways.
Charlottesville's schools are one of just three school or school districts in Virginia to be honored.
The other two are St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Middle School in Alexandria and Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
"I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health and classroom practices," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. "The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students."
Across the country, 41 public schools, six private schools, 15 schools districts and 11 post-secondary institutions were selected.
They were nominated by 25 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity.
Among the 2016 honorees, 51 percent serve disadvantages student bodies.