West Caldwell Tech, part of the Essex County Vocational School District, was one of five New Jersey schools to win the US Department of Education’s prestigious “Green Ribbon School” award this year.
The awards were announced on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
USED honored 47 schools, 15 school districts and 11 colleges for their efforts to reduce their environmental impact, increase student health and promote sustainability through their practices and lessons.
From the news story on NJ.com:
Essex County West Caldwell Tech in West Caldwell: The 343-student vocational school’s efforts to offer healthy alternatives to students included eliminating sugary drinks and replacing many snack options in the school store, according to the federal report. The school cafeteria offers fruits and vegetables from local farms. The school has also worked sustainability and environmental topics into vocational training programs, including having horticulture students raise trout in the classroom from eggs.
Other New Jersey schools honored in 2016 include Whitehouse School in Whitehouse Station, Egg Harbor Township High School, Triton Regional High School in Camden and Raritan Valley Community College.
The Middlesex County Vocational School District’s East Brunswick campus won the award last year, one of the first schools in New Jersey to do so and the first vocational-technical school in the nation to receive the honor.