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Davis Middle recognized by Green Schools Initiative
Davis Middle School is featured in the February 2017 edition of the American School Board Journal.
Energy Patrol Vests by Green Schools Initiative
Druid Hill earned vests by being a Tier II school for the 2015-16 GSI Recognition Program and earning over 75 points by recycling, teaching Earth friendly lessons, and conserving utilities in the building, among other things.
Shawn Graham wins Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by Green Schools Initiative
2016-17 OPS GSI Recognition Program by Green Schools Initiative
The Omaha Public Schools Green Schools Initiative (GSI) Recognition Program is designed to improve the District’s progress towards the GSI goals to reduce energy, water, emissions and waste, and to increase recycling by engaging building occupants. 
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by Green Schools Initiative
Davis Middle wins 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award by Green Schools Initiative
Two OPS Schools Saluted for Leading Way by Green Schools Initiative
2015 Green Ribbon Awards by Green Schools Initiative
Gomez Heritage Elementary School and Wilson Focus School have been nominated by the Nebraska ED-Green Ribbon Schools review committee to be considered for a national honor by the U.S Department of Education, Green Ribbon Schools authorities.
Lothrop featured in NE Love Public Schools by Green Schools Initiative
NE Loves Public Schools did a feature film about recycling at Lothrop Magnet.
2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educator by Green Schools Initiative

Teacher Kristine Denton from Omaha, Neb., to Receive 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Fighting Hunger with Worms by Green Schools Initiative
Multiple Pathways’ Accelere Program is fighting hunger by combining vermicomposting and aquaponics into one sustainable cycle. Accelere’s Grades of Green Team put together the school's very first worm bin to help curb food waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.
Northwest High Magnet and UNO Students Collaborate to Design Rain Garden by Green Schools Initiative

Northwest horticulture teacher, Rachel Burns, presented her students with a unique challenge: Design a rain garden that will displace water runoff during seasonal storms, minimize the amount of pollutants making their way into the nearby Papio Creek and aid conservation efforts to provide milkweed for the endangered Monarch butterfly.

Recycling Empty Toner Cartridges by Green Schools Initiative
Shawn Graham wins Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by Green Schools Initiative
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by Green Schools Initiative
Davis Middle wins 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award by Green Schools Initiative
Two OPS Schools Saluted for Leading Way by Green Schools Initiative
Accelere Program Aquatic Society Creates Wildlife Habitat by Green Schools Initiative
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization is pleased to recognize that Accelere Aquatic Society of Accelere Program Omaha Public Schools in Omaha has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program.
$4.9 million saved! by Green Schools Initiative
The OPS Green Schools Initiative has cumulative savings of $4.9 million over the last 4.5 years!
Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park by Green Schools Initiative
Starting in September, every fourth-grader in the nation will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass that’s good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters — for them and their families — for a full year.  Federal resources will be available to help schools and families arrange field trips and visits by providing key trip-planning tools, and helping to cover transportation costs for schools with the greatest financial need.
Davis Middle recognized by Green Schools Initiative
Davis Middle School is featured in the February 2017 edition of the American School Board Journal.
Gateway Elementary earns LEED Silver Certification by Green Schools Initiative
Gateway Elementary was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
New OPS Schools Go Green! by Green Schools Initiative
Davis Middle and Gateway Elementary are two new green schools at OPS! Read the story below to learn more!
North High Puts Water HOGs to Use by Green Schools Initiative

Water HOGs at North High

Not only did Omaha North High recently receive recognition for its new LEED Silver certified addition—the first such certification for a school in Nebraska—it is continuing to push the environmental envelope with a set of water HOGs.

OPS Receives the 2011 J.M. Harding Award of Excellence by Green Schools Initiative
The Omaha Public Power District in June awarded OPS the 2011 J.M. Harding Award of Excellence.  The district's Green Schools Initiative is designed to make OPS one of the most energy- and resource-efficient school districts in the country.
Omaha Public Schools LEED Buildings 2009-10 by Green Schools Initiative
Two Omaha Public School facilities have achieved LEED certification in recent years.