Friday, November 22, 2013

Mt. Mansfield Union High School 

Camels Hump Middle School

Win National Recognition for Energy Efficiency

Mt. Mansfield Union High School and Camels Hump Middle School have been recognized as two of Vermont’s first ENERGY STAR® schools. This achievement places the school in the top 25% of energy efficient schools in the country and signifies that it meets stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for healthy ventilation, year-round comfort, and lighting quality.

MMUHS and CHMS were recognized at an award ceremony on November 7th at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond, along with 9 other Vermont schools that achieved ENERGY STAR designation. The ceremony also marked the launch of Project Green School, an initiative that aims to put all Vermont schools on the path toward ENERGY STAR designation by 2020.

This achievement reflects the commitment of our staff, faculty, students, administrators, and the many people who comprise the school community.  The Mount Mansfield Union School District and Chittenden East Supervisory Union share a vision to sustain great schools, to lower overhead costs, and to walk the walk of environmental stewardship in service to Vermont’s future. 

Among those in attendance at the award ceremony were Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca, and representatives of the EPA, the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program (VSA-SEMP), and Efficiency Vermont.

“The 11 schools we are honoring today have done great work,” said Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “But the steps they have taken are within reach of any school in our state. With focused effort and enhanced support through Project Green School, we are looking forward to helping every community in Vermont provide a healthier and more energy efficient environment for their students.”

To learn more about Project Green School, or support your local school’s efforts to participate, visit

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fresh from Vermont:
New Cookbook Offers Healthy School Meals Children Love

VT Feed, the VT Agency of Education and the School Nutrition Association of VT have developed a cookbook to help transform the school lunch experience.  The partners are excited to announce release of New School Cuisine:  Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks.  The cookbook features local seasonal recipes developed by VT school nutrition professionals with support from the New England Culinary Institute.  Three of CESU's food service managers and directors were involved in the program--Alison Forrest from Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, Karyl Kent of Richmond Elementary and David Horner the CESU Food Service Director.  All recipes are scaled for large-volume cooking and meet the latest USDA dietary standards. To view the cookbook visit the VT Agency of Education Website.