About This Site

This site was created by the Green Ribbon Schools Partnership to help schools across the country
who are interested in applying for
 the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award. For official information about ED-GRS, please see their website: www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (center) with members of the Green Ribbon Schools partnership (left to right: Danielle Moody-Mills/NWF, Sean Miller/EDN, Jim Elder/CEL, Rachel Gutter/USGBC, Nate Allen/USGBC

The Green Ribbon Schools Partnership provides critical information, resources and guidance for schools and state departments of education committed to healthy, high performing schools that educate healthy, high performing students prepared for the 21st Century.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

The Basics of the Award 

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools from participating states that demonstrate the highest combined achievement  towards the goals of the program’s three “Pillars: 1) the school has a “net-zero” environmental impact, 2) the school has a positive impact on the health of staff and students, and 3) 100% of the school’s graduates are environmentally and sustainability literate.  Each of these three Pillars in turn has multiple “Elements” and associated objectives that inform schools of the necessary achievements to demonstrate progress towards becoming a Green Ribbon School. This site organizes those three pillars, their Elements, and objectives with the specific questions often asked on state Green Ribbon application forms and related resource links to help guide  schools in the application process.

2012 ED-GRS States

States Participating in Green Ribbon Pilot Year. Click on the links below to access their information via websites or emails and get help with your schools Green Ribbon Schools application.

Alabama Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Delaware DC  Florida Georgia Hawaii Illinois Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska New Jersey New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island Utah Virginia Washington Wisconsin Bureau of Indian Education

Funding for this web site was generously provided by NOAA’s Office of Education.