The Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched the concept of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools on April 26, 2011. Further information and applications will be announced in September 2011.
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect health and exemplify environmentally sustainable learning spaces and educational programs to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
Through ED-GRS, the Department will facilitate the dissemination of best practices and established federal metrics regarding energy, cost, health and environmentally sustainable learning spaces and education among federal agencies, states, localities and improve the coordination of efforts to achieve these objectives in public, private and non-profit sectors.
While the U.S. Department of Education has not yet announced final Green Ribbon Schools recognition award criteria, we provide some guidance as to features-of-green-schools. The Department offers this as a resource for schools, teachers, parents and students who are excited about Green Ribbon Schools even in its early stages, but does not guarantee that schools taking these steps will be awarded the Green Ribbon.
To submit general written comments on U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, e-mail Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov, or post your comments below. All advising is informal and will not determine final recognition criteria. Please bear in mind the Department’s statutory authority and the volume of submissions when articulating your comments.
See our frequently-asked-questions for answers to general inquiries about U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
See also a list of resources for creating green schools. We welcome recommendations on additions to this list.
The US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program is a federal program and should not be confused with any green schools program conducted by individual states.