Two OPS schools recognized for environmentally-conscious efforts

May 1, 2012


Two Omaha schools are among the Department of Education’s green ribbon schools.

Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary received the designations last week. The Department of Education says green ribbon schools are those that practice sustainability, implement recycling and other environmentally-friendly programs, and promote health.

Pam Galus of Lothrop Magnet Center says the school participates in several environmentally-friendly activities, including composting of plant materials, recycling, and collecting eyeglasses.

Miller Park Elementary has the highest Energy Star rating in the OPS district. Miller Park principal Lisa Utterback says their green initiatives include policies to turn off lights and computers when they’re not being used. The school also has a geothermal heating and cooling system.

78 schools nationwide were recognized as green ribbon schools.