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Northwest Nominated for Green Ribbon School Award


Northwest High School has been nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the National Green Ribbon Schools Award. The Germantown school was one of two schools nominated by MSDE.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.

“As a principal, I am especially fortunate to work with such an amazing staff with the best students ever,” said Northwest Principal Lance Dempsey.

Northwest High School has an active School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program that works to reduce the school’s energy consumption and increase recycling. Staff provide an integrated approach to learning by including environmental issues within the curriculum across all grade levels and core subjects. Students organize green activities in the school and the community throughout the year.

“We’re elated and honored,” said Dempsey. “Our staff has worked extremely hard on the application process. We take great pride in being a SERT school and everything that encompasses from recycling, energy conservation, student awareness, etc. Being nominated to receive a 2015 Green Ribbons School Award for Maryland speaks volumes to the collaborative effort of our staff. It’s been very much a team effort led by Matt Niper, assistant principal, Celia Reidler, science resource teacher, and two science teachers - Faiza Malik and Brita Johannessen-Kluk.”


Four Montgomery County Public Schools have received the national Green Ribbon Schools Award since its inception in 2012: Travilah Elementary School in 2014, Cedar Grove and Summit Hall elementary schools in 2013, and Francis Scott Key Middle School in 2012. MCPS also was selected as the recipient of the District Sustainability Award in 2013, which recognizes school systems that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainability.

The other 2015 Green Ribbon School nominee from Maryland is J. C. Park Elementary School in Charles County.

The Green Ribbon School winners will be announced by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on April 22. Maryland recipients will be recognized during the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education on May 29 at Sandy State Park in Anne Arundel County.