Kromrey was one of three Green Ribbon Award school winners featured in the most recent online edition of Green Strides, a publication of the U.S. Department of Education.
Kromrey was awarded its Green Ribbon Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in July. Superintendent George Mavroulis, principal Steve Soeteber and technology enrichment teacher Brian Miles attended the ceremony.
The other schools featured in the online publication were Portland Waldorf School in Milwaukie, Ore., and Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.
Here is what was written about Kromrey:
Located within the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, the new Kromrey Middle School building, constructed in 2013, continues the sustainability initiatives for which it has received district recognition.
The school was awarded ENERGY STAR certification in 2016, with a score of 91, and U.S. Middle School Design Project of the Year 2016. Even before construction of the new facility, the school achieved ENERGY STAR recognition in its old facility each year from 2008–13.
The new building has geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, and LED or fluorescent lighting, plus daylighting to reduce the need for artificial lighting. More than a quarter of the landscaping is native, and building materials were sourced locally when feasible. There are many places inside and outside the school for students to gather in natural lighting and with views of nature, including an outdoor amphitheater and a living wall on the edge of a nature conservancy.
Wellness activities are offered for Kromrey staff both at the school and at other district buildings. Mindfulness techniques are embraced and used in classrooms and staff trainings. English classes go outside to compose poetry and other observational writing.
In the summer of 2016, Kromrey staff partnered with Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy to develop outdoor inquiry units for fifth and sixth grades. All sixth-grade students spend two days at Upham Woods Environmental Learning Center each year. Classes, ranging from choices and careers to technology and engineering to social studies, address environmental sustainability.
To learn more about the Kromrey application, please visit the Green Strides website.