The U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced Dale City and Mullen Elementary Schools as 2024 Green Ribbon Schools, the only two schools in Virginia chosen for this award.

"We are immensely proud of Dale City and Mullen Elementary Schools’ achievements in being named 2024 Green Ribbon Schools. This prestigious honor reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability education, and the well-being of our students. By fostering a culture of eco-consciousness, we empower our young learners to become responsible global citizens. Congratulations to both school communities," said Prince William County School Board Chairman At-Large Dr. Babur Lateef.

"As a superintendent, I am incredibly proud of Dale City Elementary School and Mullen Elementary School for being recognized as Green Ribbon Schools! At PWCS, we are committed to sustainability, the environment, and reducing our carbon footprint. Earning the Green Ribbon designation showcases the amazing work happening in our schools and throughout the school division. We are also one step closer to achieving our strategic plan goal of at least five schools earning the Green Ribbon School designation by 2025, and I couldn't be more thrilled about our progress," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. LaTanya D. McDade.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Dale City and Mullen based on high achievement in the three U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) Pillars:

  • Reducing Environmental Impact and Cost
  • Improving Health and Wellness
  • Providing Effective Environmental Education

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) earned this award in the school division category in 2021, and Freedom High School was named a Green Ribbon School in 2023. Coles Elementary School was also named a Green Ribbon School in 2015.

The federal Green Ribbon School program recognizes environmentally friendly schools and districts that promote environmental awareness, energy efficiency, community engagement and student wellness.

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring 41 schools, 10 districts, three postsecondary institutions, and one early learning center for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The U.S. Department of Education will formally present the Green Ribbon Schools awards later this year during a ceremony in Washington. More information about the 2024 Green Ribbon Schools award winners is available on the U.S. Department of Education website.