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NY Education – Green Ribbon Loser


On June 3rd 2015, the US Department of Education issued 81 schools the coveted Green Ribbon Award.  NY was one of 23 states that did not provide a submission of a district deserving of the national award.


The details of the program are below:


The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting exemplary practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:


  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs; (Emphasis ours)
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways


Unique about the award is that, in order to be selected for federal recognition, schools, districts and post secondary institutions must be high achieving in all three of the above Pillars , not just one area.


Legendary School Taxes – NY falls behind in STEM


As mentioned on this  website, the STEM educational opportunities with sustainable energy projects and crowd funding under the Education Tax credit may be a way around current budgetary constraints of NY districts.  The education to be gained can be seen in photos of smiling students involved in hand-ons STEM learning while competing against national peers.

In the photos, 1,000’s of winning students are busy observing their own agriculture, hydroponics setups, solar electricity/water operations and math equations.  Unfortunately if you don’t live in NYC where money is no obstacle to advanced STEM learning in sustainable technologies, your options may be limited without the Education Tax Credit or simply much higher taxes to catch up.


Sustainable STEM improves student learning.


Below is a good explanation of what Sustainable STEM at your school can do. Listen to this man’s passion as he describes poor students, students with learning issues and those without such hindrances come to life as complex real-world sustainable issues are presented to them.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream


NY – Surrounded By Green Ribbon Winners.

Below are the top 10 school based solar installations by state and KW’s.  The kilowatt numbers were obtained from an SEIA report and the winning numbers were published by the US Department Of Education. This website has no affiliation to the SEIA industry group nor the USDOE.


  1. CA – 217,636 – 5 winners!
  2. NJ – 91,410 – 4- Winners!
  3. AR – 66,288 – No Entry
  4. MA – 25,400 – 3 winners!
  5. NE – 15,215 – No Entry
  6. PA – 10,892  – 2 Winners!
  7. OH – 8,526 – 2 winners!
  8. CT- 8,428 – 5 winners!
  9. MD – 8,349 – 4 winners!
  10. NY – 7,316  – NO ENTRY


Long Road Ahead for NY STEM Education

This is the college and career ready STEM education NY has been looking for. For its part the NYC Department Of Education is miles ahead with it’s own Sustainability department with curriculum backed up by an affirmative environmental action plan involving an aggressive solar energy installation – energy savings plan. With the Education Tax Credit, public schools throughout NY may have a new choice in the types of college and career ready education being provided locally with charitable donations towards budget saving sustainable energy installations for STEM learning.



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