A Hamilton County school was among 64 other schools nationwide honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. for their achievements.

Ivy Academy in Soddy Daisy was honored for their achievements as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

They were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including STEM, green careers and civics.
Schools honored received sustainably crafted plaques and banners in recognition of their achievements.

"The schools being honored today are taking smart, innovative steps to reduce environmental impacts and energy costs, promote healthy learning environments, and teach students sustainable practices that they can carry with them into their homes and future careers," said Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley.  "These leaders are models for how schools nationwide can achieve healthier classrooms, lower their energy bills, and set their students up for success."

A report with state-by-state summaries of the 78 honorees can be found hereThe list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.  More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.