WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The U.S. Department of Education has named two Washington, D.C. schools, two Virginia and four Maryland schools "Green Ribbon Schools."

The program opened in September 2011 and this is the first year that the department has given this honor. The list includes 78 schools from 29 states and D.C. According to the department, The Green Ribbon Schools were chosen from almost 100 nominees.

The program recognizes schools that "exercise a comprehensive approach to creating 'green' environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy," according to the U.S. Department Of Education in a statement on Monday.

The two schools in D.C. are Stoddert Elementary School and Sidwell Friends Middle School. The two Virginia schools are Fishburn Park Elementary School in Roanoke and The Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration in Rocky Mount.The four Maryland schools are Dunloggin Middle School in Ellicott City, Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring, Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Severna Park, and Lucy School in Middletown.

See the full list of schools herein Microsoft Word format.

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