Green Ribbon Schools Update

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Frequently Asked Question: How to Apply To Green Ribbon Schools


Reminder: Schools cannot apply directly to USED and must be nominated by their state departments of education. Please contact your state department of education if you would like to inquire about the application process in your state or to confirm whether your state plans to nominate schools.


States from which USED has not yet received confirmation of plans to nominate schools are: Alabama - Alaska - Arkansas - Colorado - Connecticut - Georgia - Idaho - Indiana - Maine - Massachusetts - Michigan - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - North Carolina - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New Mexico - New York - Oklahoma - South Carolina - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Vermont - Virginia - West Virginia - Wyoming.


If a state does not nominate schools, USED cannot select any Green Ribbon Schools in that state. Green Ribbon has asked state departments of education to notify USED by 11/22 of their plans to participate by nominating schools, but USED will extend this guideline on a case by case basis with state departments of education.


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Frequently Asked Question: Timeframe for Pilot Year of Green Ribbon Schools


Nov: State departments of education are encouraged to notify USED of their plans to nominate schools by Nov 22nd but USED will extend this guideline on a case by case basis with state departments of education.
Nov-Dec: States issue their processes and support materials for soliciting and selecting nominees for submission to ED.
Dec- Mar: States receive applications for nomination to USED (Exact deadline set by each state nominating authority)

March: States submit nominees to ED for the Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. (Date to be indicated to states by USED) 

April:   Earth Day Week – USED announces winners.

May:     USED hosts national recognition award ceremony. Local ceremonies are scheduled for fall 2012 at winning schools.


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News: From Red to Blue, States Across the Country Adopt the Green Ribbon Schools Program

By Nate Allen, Center for Green Schools Advocacy Lead

Just weeks after the Department of Education released the framework for the Green Ribbon Schools award, 22 states have announced their participation in this voluntary program. From Pennsylvania to California, red to blue, states are realizing the Green Ribbon Schools program is a way to achieve current goals around the improvement of their education systems.

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