- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Education is nominating four schools for the 2015 national Green Ribbon School program that recognizes environmental awareness.

Bassett High School in Henry County was nominated for reducing its electric consumption and its nationally recognized horticulture program.

Coles Elementary School in Prince William County has created nine school gardens that use recycled water.

Crozet Elementary School in Albemarle County saved money through composting and use of mixed-waste recycling and also created learning spaces, gardens and habitats to promote environmental stewardship.

Steward School in suburban Richmond was nominated for its cross-curricular activities that incorporate wellness, sustainability and ecology.

Officials are scheduled to announce this year’s winners on April 22. Winning schools get a banner and are invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June.

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