The Partnership

GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP

The role of the Green Ribbon Schools Partnership (GRSP) is to support ED in advancing the ED-Green Ribbon program by providing technical support to the Department as well as participating states and schools. GRSP is led by the Campaign for Environmental Literacy (CEL) with the help of the GRSP steering committee members: Earth Day Network, U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, and the National Wildlife Federation. CEL initiated the original petition to the federal government which resulted in the creation of the Green Ribbon program, and GRSP remains committed to helping ED and its federal and state ED-Green Ribbon partners successfully establish the program in any way it can.

Campaign for Environmental Literacy

The Campaign for Environmental Literacy (CEL) is a network of national education and environmental organizations that work to engage the federal government in helping to close the nation’s growing environmental literacy gap. CEL has led successful efforts with its lead partners (National Wildlife Federation, Second Nature, and Earth Day Network) to restore and grow environmental education funding; authorize the University Sustainability Program at the Department of Education; and introduce the Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act and the No Child Left Inside Act.

Earth Day Network

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people worldwide year-round with over 25,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement, through advocacy, education, public policy and consumer campaigns. More than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future (www.nwf.org). Over the past 15 years, NWF education programs have helped over 4,000 schools to become greener through NWF’s Certified Schoolyard Habitats program and Eco-Schools USA. NWF is the sole U.S. host for the international Eco-Schools program, the largest green school program globally, that is now in 51 nations, reaching 38,000 K-12 schools and over 11 million students. NWF’s Eco-Schools USA program launched in November 2009 and is one of America’s largest green school programs, currently reaching over 480 schools in 42 states, in an effort to green school buildings, grounds, curricula, and student experiences.

U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools

The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. We believe that everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green buildings.

The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and green schools go far beyond bricks and mortar. We see an opportunity to educate a new generation of leaders – sustainability natives – capable of driving global market transformation. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.