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An Open Letter from the Director to Potential Applicants to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Dear School:

Thank you for your enthusiasm regarding the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.  The intent of this new award is to encourage as many schools as possible to look at environmental impact, health and education in new ways and to make much needed improvements. Read more>>>


Schools Go Green from Hawaii to DC.

More than 20 states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education have launched contests to select schools to nominate to U.S. Department of Education in the pilot year of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Find an application for the nomination in the state where your school is located here.


Green Ribbon in the Huffington Post: “Where Sustainability Meets K-12 Education

In just a few weeks in Denver, a conference that's leading an important national movement will take place. This movement has mostly so far flown under the radar; the Green Schools National Conference on February 27-29 will change that…What's different this year, the second annual event, is that we'll be joined by none other than President Obama's Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan. The U.S. Department of Education announced last fall the Green Ribbon Schools Program, in a clear sign of the importance of this movement. Read more>>>


Consult Our Growing Resource Page

You’ll find an array of programs, standards, volunteer and financial resources to support your school greening efforts. Suggest resource additions by emailing green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. 


And don’t forget to connect with U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools on Facebook, where you can find state applications as they go live!