April 29, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 67 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
PARK FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A 2016 GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 67
(House of Representatives - April 29, 2016)
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[Page H2130] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PARK FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A 2016 GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the administrators, staff, and students from the Park Forest Elementary School in State College, Pennsylvania, on being named a 2016 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Park Forest is 1 of only 47 schools across the entire Nation to earn this distinction, which is given to schools for their innovative efforts to reduce their environmental impact and reduce utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure sustainability practices. In addition to the elementary school's efforts to reduce its energy use and waste footprint, it has also received grants to construct an outdoor compost bin and created a garden compost program. The school grounds also include vegetable, herb, pollinator, and rain gardens. In partnership with Penn State University, the school has also built a greenhouse which later served as the model for two built at a school in Rwanda. This just scratches the surface of the initiatives undertaken at Park Forest Elementary, and everyone involved deserves praise for their efforts. ____________________