Gaiser Middle School, already renowned for its green efforts, today was named one of 47 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The Green Ribbon designation is given to schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

Gaiser was nominated for the Green Ribbon title by the 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.

With its win, Gaiser joins Sacajawea Elementary in receiving the honor. Sacajawea was selected in 2013. In 2014, the Department of Education recognized Vancouver Public Schools as a Green Ribbon District.

In addition, the Washington Green Schools organization has recognized Gaiser as a Platinum Green School. Platinum status demonstrates certification in six environmental categories: energy, healthy school buildings, school grounds and gardens, transportation, waste and recycling and water.

Charlene Shea is the school’s adviser for green efforts.