Gaiser Middle School was one of 47 schools and 15 districts honored by the U.S. Department of Education at a ceremony on July 20. The ceremony honored Green Ribbon organizations that have reduced environmental impact and costs, promoted better health and ensured effective environmental education.

Gaiser was nominated for the Green Ribbon title by the Washington state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Gaiser was chosen for its partnerships that help reduce electricity, natural gas and water consumption; reductions in solid waste; and increases in recycling and composting programs.

At the ceremony, Principal Mike Lane and Dr. Charlene Shea received sustainably crafted plaques in recognition of their achievements.

“I congratulate these honorees that are leaders in school facilities, wellness and environmental education practices,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. “Their common-sense approach to investing more in education—rather than in utility bills—improves health and attendance, while exciting students about hands-on, real world learning. Healthy, safe and efficient facilities as well as access to sustainability education are innovative ways to boost productivity and performance at every grade level.”