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55 Schools on the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2017 Move DC Toward Citywide Zero Waste Target

Friday, June 16, 2017

(Washington, DC) – As DC schools let out for the summer, the Department of General Services (DGS) recognizes the 55 District of Columbia Public Schools that made the 2017 DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll.

The 55 schools on this year’s Honor Roll, representing all eight wards, have consistently participated in the DCPS Recycles! Program with success.

Of the 55 schools on the Honor Roll, 25 achieved Honor Roll with Distinction.

All schools on the Honor Roll are consistently recycling paper in classrooms or food waste in the cafeteria. Those honored with Distinction have programs that sort and collect paper throughout their buildings, and sort and collect cardboard, mixed recyclables, and organics in both the kitchen and the cafeteria.

“A robust recycling program in all DCPS schools will be key to moving the District towards zero waste. Today we celebrate the schools on the 2017 Honor Roll for their achievement, and commend them for leading the way towards a more sustainable future for our city,” said DGS Director Greer Johnson Gillis.

This year, Burroughs Elementary School (Ward 5) is highlighted on the DCPS Recycles! Interactive Maps as the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2017 success story for their exceptional adoption of the DCPS Recycles! Program and their effort to integrate recycling into their broader school culture.

“We build environments for students that reflect our city’s dedication to sustainability and communicate to students that they are important in our communities and to our future,” said Zach Dobelbower, DGS Director of Sustainability and Energy. “We are proud of Burroughs Elementary and the 2017 Honor Roll Honorees for creating learning environments that emphasize the importance of conservation and recycling.”

Many other DCPS schools demonstrated creativity and ambition in recycling over the 2016-2017 school year. Cardozo Education Campus (Ward 1), a winner of both the Recycle Right Competition and Reduce First Challenge, is the first high school to make the Honor Roll with Distinction.

Malcolm X Elementary School (Ward 8), one of the six schools that made the Honor Roll for the first time this year, regularly weighs their recycling and graphs their findings on a hallway display. Mann Elementary School (Ward 3), pioneered a food donation program that enables the school to offer leftover school meals to DC nonprofits battling hunger. Mann is one of 25 schools that made the Honor Roll for at least the third year in a row.

Under the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, the Department of General Services is responsible for a variety of activities designed to ensure that schools are healthy and safe places to learn. These include programs for recycling and composting, energy reduction, drinking water testing, indoor air quality, and integrated pest management.

Congratulations to the 2017 DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll Honorees listed below:


Bancroft Elementary School (Ward 1)
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View (Ward 1)
Burroughs Elementary School (Ward 5)
C.W. Harris Elementary School (Ward 7)
Cardozo Education Campus (Ward 1)
Deal Middle School (Ward 3)
Dorothy Height Elementary School (Ward 4)
Garfield Elementary School (Ward 8)
H.D. Cooke Elementary School (Ward 1)
Hearst Elementary School (Ward 3)
Janney Elementary School (Ward 3)
Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8)
Key Elementary School (Ward 3)
Mann Elementary School (Ward 3)
Maury Elementary School (Ward 6)
Orr Elementary School (Ward 8)
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Adams Campus) (Ward 3)
Powell Elementary School (Ward 4)
School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens (Ward 2)
School-Within-School @ Goding (Ward 6)
Seaton Elementary School (Ward 6)
Stoddert Elementary School (Ward 3)
Thomson Elementary School (Ward 2)
Tubman Elementary School (Ward 1)
Van Ness Elementary School (Ward 6)

HONOR ROLL (30 DCPS Schools)

Ballou High School (Ward 8)
Benjamin Banneker High School (Ward 1)
Brookland Middle School (Ward 5)
Burrville Elementary School (Ward 7)
Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan (Ward 6)
Columbia Heights Education Campus (Ward 1)
Coolidge High School (Ward 4)
Drew Elementary School (Ward 7)
Dunbar High School (Ward 5)
Eastern High School (Ward 6)
J.O. Wilson Elementary School (Ward 6)
Lafayette Elementary School (Ward 4)
Langdon Elementary School (Ward 5)
Malcolm X Elementary School (Ward 8)
Marie Reed Elementary School (Ward 1)
McKinley Middle School (Ward 5)
McKinley Technology High School (Ward 5)
Peabody Elementary School (Ward 6)
Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School (Ward 5)
Randle Highlands Elementary School (Ward 7)
River Terrace Education Campus (Ward 7)
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School (Ward 7)
Roosevelt High School (Ward 4)
Roosevelt STAY High School (Ward 4)
Ross Elementary School (Ward 2)
Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Ward 6)
Watkins Elementary School (Ward 6)
Wheatley Education Campus (Ward 5)
Woodrow Wilson High School (Ward 3)
Youth Services Center (Ward 5)