PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Potter Burns Elementary School in Pawtucket has been selected as a 2018 Green Ribbon School, and the University of Rhode Island has been selected as a Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee. These awards recognize educational institutions that have reduced their environmental impact, improved the health and wellness of their school environment and provided effective education on sustainability.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement congratulating Potter Burns and URI on these national designations:
"Across the country, only 46 schools and six postsecondary institutions earned this recognition, and I want to both congratulate and offer my heartfelt gratitude to Potter Burns and the University of Rhode Island. These schools are outstanding examples of what can be achieved when sustainable design and energy efficiency are at the center of our educational strategy. Since 2015, we have proven that you can grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time. The same is true as we look to make record investments in our educational facilities. When we prioritize energy efficiency, our investments help pay for themselves, and we create the kinds of healthy, supportive, inspiring places of learning that all students deserve. It's good for our environment, for our economy and for education."