In December, The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council announced the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients. The group recognized 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events that represent the best environmental efforts in schools throughout the country.

The recipients include:

• K-12 School – The Monarch School in Houston. The school offers students with special needs the opportunity to learn about the environment on campus and to share that knowledge with their families and the greater Houston community.

• Higher Education Institution – Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Over the past two decades, the school has served as a leader in sustainability through energy conservation efforts, recycling and water reduction programs.

• Ambassador – Mark Swiger in Wheeling, W. Va. Swiger was a leader in his county school system’s work toward greener building and sustainable operations.

 “Selecting the ‘Best of Green Schools’ honorees is an exciting and challenging process, as there are so many fantastic examples of efforts being made in communities large and small,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools. “Some of the honorees go about their work quietly, others are in public positions and have the attention of a national audience. Every one of the honorees is a leader, taking risks, setting an example for others, innovating and diligently pursuing a world in which every student attends a green school within this generation.”

To see all the other winners, please visit  U.S. Green Building Council.