RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Department of Education has recognized two Virginia schools for promoting energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

Stony Point Elementary in Albemarle County and Magna Vista High School in Henry County are among 64 schools nationwide recognized by the Green Ribbon Schools Program. The Virginia Department of Education announced the commendation Tuesday.

Both schools have substantially reduced energy usage in the past four years, have incorporated gardens into lessons and activities, and buy much of their food from local farms. Magna Vista’s landscaping provides cover for wildlife, and the school works with the Dan River Basin Association to raise and release native trout.

Winning schools receive a green display banner and are invited to send a delegation to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June.

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