Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It serves as an opportunity for us to reflect on the amazing beauty and complexity of our planet which provides the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Celebrating Earth Day helps focus attention on the need for clean air and water and the protection of our environment and endangered species.
LMSD is deeply committed to supporting sustainability in our school community. From LEED-certified buildings to K-12 environmental education programs, an award-winning green cleaning program to the East Coast's largest fleet of school buses fueled by compressed natural gas, we strive to be a model for responsible environmental stewardship. For these efforts, LMSD was among only 14 nationwide honorees for the first-ever U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Honored districts were selected for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways.The District also maintains an Energy and Resource Conservation Program. The program, managed by the District's operations department, proactively reduces utility consumption, waste and carbon emissions.