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Va. schools recognized for 'green' efforts

Friday - 6/7/2013, 11:20am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Education has recognized two Virginia schools for promoting energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

Stony Point Elementary in Albemarle County and Magna Vista High School in Henry County were honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., this week.

The schools are among 64 schools nationwide recognized by the Green Ribbon Schools Program. They receive a green display banner and are invited to send a delegation to the recognition ceremony.

Both schools have substantially reduced energy usage in the past four years, have incorporated gardens into lessons and activities, and buy much of their food from local farms. Magna Vista's landscaping provides cover for wildlife, and the school works with the Dan River Basin Association to raise and release native trout.

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