A Minnesota high school and a state education official have received national recognition for their work in reducing schools’ environmental impact and expanding sustainability programs.

Forest Lake High School is one of 35 schools, 14 districts and four colleges and universities across the country this year recognized through the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program. John Olson, a science specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education, is the sole recipient of the program’s Director’s Award — given to the state education official “who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state.”

In a news release, the U.S. Department of Education said schools and districts were selected based on their efforts in three areas: “reducing environmental impact and utility

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