Barnard Honored as Green Ribbon School

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Barnard is one of three Connecticut Green Leaf program schools nominated for national honor
Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School is being honored in Hartford today for having been named a Green Ribbon School by the Connecticut Green Leaf Program. Barnard is one of three Connecticut Schools that have been nominated by the state for a national Green Ribbon School award. The other two schools are Common Ground High School in New Haven and Mary Hooker School in Hartford.
“This is a tremendous and much-deserved honor for Barnard Environmental Magnet School,” New Haven Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “Principal Crocco and his team at Barnard do an amazing job of weaving environmental lessons about sustainability, conservation and recycling into a curriculum that teachers students about reducing our carbon footprints and inspires them to love science. I thank Connecticut’s Green LEAF Schools for recognizing Barnard with this award.”
During a ceremony at Hartford’s Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, the three schools were recognized for their nomination for the federal Green Ribbon School Award as a result of their accomplishments under the program. 
Barnard’s extensive courtyard garden, green houses and nature center on the school campus allow students to explore the natural world as they take on the roles of gardener, naturalist, and environmentalist. Whether it is planting, cultivating or harvesting crops in our gardens, raising Atlantic salmon, canoeing on the West River, or learning about the impact new tide gates will make on that river, Barnard students gain an appreciation for the environment that is authentic and meaningful.
The LEED Gold building in which Barnard operates provides countless examples of ways we are reducing the consumption of energy, water and recycled products. And the school’s Green Team strives to create a net zero environmental impact on our planet, a net positive impact on our students and staff health, and have developed a curriculum that increases student literacy about environmental and sustainability issues
“Barnard has been constantly improving and evolving throughout the years. We recognize that all individuals come to us with varying degrees of knowledge and make it our mission to educate student, staff and the community about the importance of lowering ones carbon footprint and living a more sustainable life. Our staff and students led by Ms. Drucker have done a wonderful job reflecting on and keeping the vision and mission of our school at the forefront of all we do. Thank you to the Green Leaf Committee for recognizing our efforts and helping us to continuously improve,” said Barnard Principal Michael Crocco.
“Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School since its inception 8 years ago has strived to be a leader in environmental education. Being  a  part  of the Green Leaf Schools program  has allowed us the opportunity to reflect on all aspects of our program; the physical plant, the way we reduce our carbon footprint, and the way we educate our students to become future stewards of our planet.   We are proud of our accomplishments and this honor motivates us to continue to work in every way towards our goals for our students, community and state,” said Marjorie Drucker, Instructional Integration Leader at Barnard.
Connecticut’s Green LEAF Schools is a collaboration of the Connecticut Departments of Education, Energy and Environmental Protection, Public Health, and Construction Services, as well as more than 25 environmental and educational organizations.  The program is focused on   effective environmental and sustainability education for students, improved health and wellness of students and staff, and reduced environmental impact and cost of buildings.  All Connecticut public and private schools, grades K-12, are eligible to participate.
Schools that show significant progress in the Green LEAF program can be nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award program.  In 2013, 89 schools from 31 states were nominated – including the three from Connecticut.  Winners will be announced on April 22, 2013. This is the first year that Connecticut has participated in the nationalGreen Ribbon Award program.
The Green LEAF Schools program has also been named one of the top 10 “green” schools programs in the nation by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.
About Connecticut Green LEAF School Program:

The Connecticut Green LEAF School program supports Connecticut schools in providing effective environmental and sustainability education, improving the health, and wellness of their students and staff and reducing their environmental impact and costs.   LEAF stands for “Leading, Educating, Achieving and Fostering green, healthy schools for all.”  The program is a collaborative effort led by the Connecticut Departments of Construction Services, Education, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Public Health, along with more than 25 other state educational and environmental organizations. The program celebrates and recognizes those Connecticut schools making progress toward sustainability.  The Connecticut Green LEAF School program will also support the nomination of a select group of schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program.  For more information, please visit