In the spring of 2019, DFES was awarded a Green Ribbon Award.
We are the first school to get this award in South Carolina! The US Dept. of ED developed a consensus definition of a green school consisting of the three Pillars of the award:
1) reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation in the areas of facilities, grounds, and operations
2) improving health and wellness through coordinated school health, with consideration to air quality, contaminant control, acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, school food, and outdoors physical activity
3) offering effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections, and green career preparation.