Manatee keeps it green



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Manatee Elementary School in Viera was named among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees, it was announced April 22 by managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss and U.S. secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“I am so proud of the Manatee Elementary community for the years of hard work to make our school environmentally friendly which led us to this prestigious award,” said Manatee principal Carl Brown said. “Being green and teaching our students the importance of protecting the environment for future generations is a lifelong learning experience.”

Across the country, 58 schools and 14 districts were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Manatee is the only public school in Brevard to win the award and among only three in Florida, including Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay.