You’ve heard of Blue Ribbon schools. Soon you’ll see some Green Ribbon schools – the ones that are the most environmentally friendly.  Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus says Illinois is one of 33 states participating in a federal program to recognize the schools which do the most to reduce their carbon footprints.


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The criteria include student engagement, “not only in terms of teaching them everyday practices, but we need them to develop new and innovative means toward a more sustainable earth,” says Fergus.  The state will choose four schools to send along to a national competition.


(Illinois Radio Network)