The U.S. Department of Education will present Gamble Montessori High School with the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award at a September 28 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Gamble Montessori High School was notified in April that it is one of 27 schools nationwide and the only school in Ohio selected as a Green Ribbon recipient.
Schools are honored for reducing environmental impact and utility costs, improving health and wellness and ensuring effective sustainability education.
"I am incredibly proud of our students, teachers, staff, parents and community. We have infused respect and appreciation for the natural world into the Montessori based education we provide our students. This manifests in multiple ways, including through our Agricultural Education program, the gardens, orchards and entrepreneurship that fuel our annual Montessori Market and best-in-class water purification, smart lighting and energy efficient facilities," said Taylor Porter, principal of Gamble Montessori High School.
Students enrolled in the agriculture program have organized the annual Montessori Market, a farmer's market event, with 40 local vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, candles and honey in the Westwood community.
Gamble Montessori High School moved to the site of the former Mercy High School in 2019 following extensive renovation of the building, including new windows and HVAC system, new electrical system and plumbing.
In March, Gamble High School was presented with a first place award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and featured in the March issue of ASHRAE Journal.