Green Ribbon Update: Resources Available; State Contests Opening Daily

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News Item: Schools Go Green – and Save Green – with Help from Private, Foundation and Nonprofit Sectors

Since Secretary Arne Duncan announced the Green Ribbon Schools effort this past September, program staff have learned about a wide range of free resources available to help schools go green and to save green, too. Green schools are taking advantage of grants, volunteer support, education resources and other help — from innovative business partnerships to overnight field trips at nearby outdoor education centers. See more >>


Resources for Schools

Schools may wish to consult our general Resources page, updated regularly.  These resources are featured on our Facebook page, where interested parties can also connect with the initiative.


To assist schools and state authorities in verifying their compliance with applicable health, safety and environmental laws, we have the following documents on our site, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency:

Civil Rights, Health, Environment and Safety Statutory and Regulatory Requirements  and

Key Potential Violations of Federal EPA Regulations At K-12 Schools. 


Information on State Contests For Nominations to USED

New websites and applications are being launched daily by each of the participating 36 nominating authorities, including:





New Jersey

New York


Rhode Island



Bureau of Indian Education


See all participating state contacts at Additional links for newly launched contests and websites are added regularly.