D.C. Public Charter School wins Green Ribbon Award

Capital City Public Charter School recently became a 2016 US Dept. of Education Green Ribbon School. (ABC7)

There's a lot to see at Capital City Public Charter that you might not find at other schools. Since the school moved to Peabody St. in Northwest in 2012, the focus has been on green.

Fourth grade teacher Elizabeth McNamee identified some of the school's environmentally-friendly features, "Really large windows so we have more natural light, having lights that switch off automatically, having water saving measures in place, minimizing paper waste," she offered.

"In my class we've been planting little plants to eventually put in the Chesapeake Bay to make that less polluted," shared Steve Escobar Hernandez; a fifth grade student at the school.

These are just some of the efforts that have helped the school recently become a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Capital City is the only school in D.C. to receive the honor.

The title goes to schools that have implemented innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.

Sixteen-year-old Chidinma Lantion is part of the eleventh grade class that submitted the application for the award. She says attending an environmentally-sensitive school has changed her habits.

"There's been a lot of expedition and projects. Just the little things like testing water, it makes me, I don't drink as much bottled water now," she said.

From metal grates that reduce dirt out and improve air quality, to outdoor spaces that feature native plants and vegetable gardens. Students here feel the impact of living green.

Inez Spellacy Baah says she smiled until her mouth hurt when she heard the news about her school's new title.

"It does help make you appreciate how beautiful this earth is and then you want to help it more and more."

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