W.Va. to honor sustainable schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia plans to honor public schools that are committed to saving energy, promoting student health and other sustainability activities.

The West Virginia Sustainable Schools Award is part of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program. The state awards will be presented in February and four winners will be nominated to become a U.S. Green Ribbon School.

The state Department of Education says schools can submit a letter of intent to apply for the state award in December. Schools will be asked in January to submit full applications.

State Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple says in a news release that state officials want to recognize schools that imbed sustainability practices in all aspects of school life.

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