The online comment period for Green Ribbon Schools is now closed. Stay tuned for program details to be announced online shortly.
ED is asking for public comment on proposed plans for the new U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program. The Department, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced their intention to create the Green Ribbon award on April 26, 2011. Beginning today, ED will accept comments until September 14 and will publish the final program details by the end of the month.
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools will recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, as well as protect health, foster wellness and impart effective environmental education. The award program will bring together three institutional roles of schools related to environment and health as it acknowledges high levels of achievement in three categories: 1) environmental impact and energy efficiency; 2) healthy environment; and 3) environmental literacy. Put another way, the award will consider:
- schools’ and their occupants’ impact on the environment;
- schools’ environmental and behavioral impact on the students, teachers and others in the facility; and
- how schools teach students about the environment and sustainability to better prepare them for citizenship and employment in the 21st century.
The proposed plan for the Green Ribbon award was developed with input from a variety of federal, state and local government agencies and a variety of other stakeholders.
Please see our Facebook page, where ED highlights resources that may be useful to schools and other participating authorities in their efforts toward Green Ribbon status: http://www.facebook.com/EDGreenRibbonSchools.
Recognition Award Criteria and Selection Infrastructure for Comment:
Proposed recognition award eligibility requirements, selection criteria and a framework to assist education authorities in soliciting, evaluating and nominating schools to ED are posted below for public comment. Proposed plans will also receive comment through standard Federal Register procedures. We look forward to hearing from you.
- Purpose, Vision, Criteria, Eligibility, Requirements and Authority
- Nominee Presentation Form
- Instructions for Use of Framework for Evaluation
- Framework for Evaluation by Nominating Authorities
The Fine Print:
This is a moderated site. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. We intend to post all responsive submissions on a timely basis. We reserve the right not to post comments that are unrelated to this request, are inconsistent with ED’s Web site policies, are advertisements or endorsements, or are otherwise inappropriate. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. For more information, please be sure to read the “comments policy” tab at the top of the Web page.
Please understand that posts must be related to the Green Ribbon Schools recognition award, and should be as specific as possible, and, as appropriate, supported by data and relevant research. Posts must be limited to 1,000 words. All opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments are considered informal input. ED will not respond to individual posts, and these posts may or may not be reflected in the policies and requirements of the program. If you include a link to additional information in your post, we urge you to ensure that the linked-to information is accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Additionally, please do not include links to advertisements or endorsements; we will delete all such links before your comment is posted.