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Ohio EPA Recognizes Magnificat High School with Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Award
Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson has awarded Magnificat High School with the Leaf Class of Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4).
Magnificat High School has supported and encouraged a student sustainability club for more than two decades, incorporating environmental education in all grade levels and subject matters, and challenging a neighboring school to a “Race to Zero” competition to reduce compost contamination.
“We greatly appreciate Magnificat High School’s efforts to foster the students’ environmental stewardship creativity while also incorporating environmental and sustainable concepts into school curriculum,” said Director Stevenson. “Magnificat High School is an environmental steward in the community and an environmental leader in our state.”
Magnificat President Moira Clark said, "We are proud of the ongoing efforts made by our school community around sustainability, and we are grateful to be recognized by the Ohio EPA through the E4 Program."
The E4 program recognizes K-12 public or private schools for achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate students on environmental topics. The program has three levels: root, branch, and leaf, based on how many of the ‘Three R” environmental principles (reduce, reuse, and recycle) the school is incorporating in its curriculum or school activities. Schools can apply at any time through a downloadable application.
The recognition program is based on the Encouraging Environmental Excellence program, which recognizes businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence.
To learn more about the E4 program go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx and click on the “Education” tab, or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.