PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is the first stop on the U.S. Department of Education's annual tour celebrating its Green Ribbon Schools Program.
The department will kick off its Green Strides Best Practices Tour on Monday at Petersburg Elementary School.
Tour participants include officials from the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.
On Tuesday, the officials will hold a listening session in Charleston and tour the Wyoming County Career and Technical Center in Pineville.
The tour wraps up on Friday with visits to Hilltop Elementary School in Wheeling, Cameron Middle-High School in Cameron and Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown.
The Green Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer sustainability education.