“A 1950s school which is operated as efficiently as possible with the technology that is installed, is kept clean and healthy using green cleaning techniques, where there are good IAQ & IPM programs, etc., should be able to compete with a 2011 high-performance school, because there are more older school buildings [than] new ones,” the poster wrote.

The blog posting offers readers a document full of green school resources that focus on environmental sustainability, healthy school environments, and energy- and cost-efficient schools.

“Each day, we ask students across the nation to demonstrate excellence, integrity, and leadership in the classroom, and in return, the federal government must do the same,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House CEQ. “The Green Ribbon Schools program will recognize healthy learning spaces that promote environmental literacy and prepare our leaders of tomorrow to win a clean energy future.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program reflects President Obama’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and preparing today’s students for jobs in fields that provide clean energy solutions.

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“The schools taking part in this initiative will help kids connect what they’re learning in science class with the world around them, allowing them to envision solutions to tomorrow’s challenges while living healthier lives today,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By making green living a part of everyday learning, Green Ribbon Schools will prepare our children to win the future by leading our global green energy economy.”

The Green Ribbon Schools program will be modeled after ED’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which annually honors public and private schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels.

In recent years, ed-tech manufacturers have increased production of so-called “green technologies,” touting the energy-saving abilities of mobile devices such as laptops and netbooks, as well as introducing printers that use less ink or print on both sides of paper. Many districts have virtualized their server operations to save on heating and cooling costs.