Castle Creek ES is National Green Ribbon School
Posted on 08/11/2017
Castle Creek students sitting on benches in outdoor classroom

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Castle Creek Elementary is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. 


The school embeds Green School topics into the curriculum in the way subject matter standards are presented, materials are developed to present the standards, and activities and field trips are incorporated to teach the standards. Reducing the environmental impact of operations through conservation and recycling is a top priority: Castle Creek has cut 603 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 30 months, and maintains a 60 percent recycling rate. An outdoor reading room and bird sanctuary allow students to enjoy the natural habitat around the school while learning. Students, many of whom participate in the 4-H club, research nature and the environment through outdoor observations, raised drought-resistant grass, built a nature trail, and use the school garden to grow fresh vegetables for the school’s food pantry.


“Our students have taken the initiative to their families who are finding ways to recycle, reuse, repurpose, save water and save energy,” stated Castle Creek Elementary Principal Monica Johnson, who serves as secretary for her school’s Dragon Green Team made up of adults and students. “Our entire school family embraced this initiative and our motto of “Live Green” in order to benefit our children as they move forward in their lives.”


Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. 


Castle Creek Elementary was named the top green school in Orange County and top green building in Florida through Sustainable Florida for 2015-16.