Green Ribbon School team launched with Schuylerville Schools
Grant awarded for pilot project
We are delighted to announce a new initiative that will further our mission and encourage
environmental sustainability and outdoor recreation at our nearest public school neighbor, the
Schuylerville School District.
The Community/Land Preservation and Planning Fund at The Community Foundation for the Greater
Capital Region has awarded Hudson Crossing Park $5,000 to support the first year of this purposeful
collaboration between the Park and the school community. Working together with students, teachers,
staff, administrators and parents, the project will include the formation of project-specific committees
that will help move forward the ideas of a "green ribbon school"- an eco-campus, outdoor learning,
environmental literacy, and health and fitness (www.greenribbonschools.org).
After many years of informal partnering, this new collaboration will include mutually-identified goals
and an infrastructure of volunteers to make "green" things happen.
The Green Ribbon School project focuses on four cornerstones: Health and Fitness,
Nature Adventure (spending time outside),
Eco-Campus (reducing consumption and waste, increasing efficiency), and
Natural Classrooms (harnessing the power of nature as a learning tool).
The goals of the initiative are:
+ to promote environmental literacy in teachers and students
+ "green" the campus and its operations
+ encourage outdoor learning and exploration
+ promote health and fitness in the school community
Specific projects already underway include:
+ a High-5k Challenge
+ a Butterfly Garden
+ an outdoor classroom space
+ a re-invigorated school-wide recycling program
- Have you counted turtles at the school?
- Do you enjoy being outside?
- Are you fan of being fit?
- Is there a garden in your yard?
- Would you rather read about a butterfly or examine one up close?
- Where do you put your newspaper when you are done with it?
Green Ribbon School Project Highlights
Green Ribbon School Project Team Leader Deborah McGloine
assists students planting tulips.
Schuylerville District Leads the Way, Outdoors and In
The Green Ribbon School Project at Schuylerville is
growing...literally! Last week fourth graders spent time
outdoors planting a "Tulip Test Garden" as citizen scientist
participants in Journey North, an online nationwide student
research program. Supporting "Natural Classrooms" and
using nature as a learning tool is a cornerstone of the Green
Ribbon School initiative. Another cornerstone is creating
an "Environmentally-friendly Campus", and to that end, the
school was certified this fall by the Environmental
Protection Agency as a 2012 "Energy Star". Recent
construction and facility upgrades have improved efficiency
and made this award possible. To learn more, visit the
school's web page. To follow the progress of the
Schuylerville Green Ribbon School project, check them
out on Facebook or email SchuylervilleGRS@gmail.com.
Hudson Crossing is proud to support the school district's
efforts to educate students and families about the
importance of caring for our natural environment and
The Green Ribbon School project is now in its 6th year and is well established as a part of the
Schuylerville School Districts commitment to the cornerstones of a Green Ribbon School.
Please contact us if you would like more information about how to transform your school into a "Green Ribbon
School". It is our mission to help spread successful partnerships like this one to other schools and communities.