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Education Awards

Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program celebrates schools and districts making significant progress towards:

  • Pillar 1: Reducing environmental impact and costs.
  • Pillar 2: Improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff.
  • Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

How are Green Ribbon Schools/Districts selected?
Schools and districts complete an online application. A state committee scores completed applications. The state may nominate up to five schools or districts. Public and private schools are eligible to apply. The state committee also selects schools and districts that excel in one or more of the pillars as Washington State Green School and District leaders. 

For more information, please contact Washington's program coordinator Rachel Farrington.

OSPI forwards state finalists to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED chooses national award recipients from this group.


Who can apply?
Public, private schools and public districts are eligible.

How are Green Ribbon Schools/Districts recognized?
State finalists and national award recipients may attend several statewide events, will receive an award and join a state team of green leaders. ED invites national award recipients to a ceremony in Washington DC.

What if my school or district doesn’t meet all the benchmarks?
The Green Ribbon Schools program is ambitious. You should apply if you meet some benchmarks and are making significant progress towards meeting others. There are two levels of awards: the National Green Ribbon Schools Award program and the state Green Leader awards. If you do not meet all the benchmarks for the Green Ribbon Schools award, you may still be eligible for the Washington State Green Leader award.

2018-19 Timeline
August 2018: OSPI launches application.
December 2018: Applications due to OSPI.
February 2019: OSPI submits state finalists to ED.
Spring 2019: ED announces national award recipients.
Summer/Fall 2018: ED hosts national award ceremony.​

Green Ribbon Schools, Districts, and Green Leaders

Past U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Awardees

2015 US ED Green Ribbon Schools Awardee, Discovery Elementary, outlines their path to minimizing waste in their school.

For more information, please contact Washington’s program coordinator Rachel Farrington.


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US Department of Education 2018 Green Ribbon School Awardees:

  • Broad View Elementary School, Oak Harbor School District
  • Carnation Elementary School, Riverview School District
  • Eatonville Elementary School, Eatonville School District
  • Weyerhaeuser Elementary School, Eatonville School District

Washington State 2018 Green School Leader Awardees:

  • Pullman High School, Pullman School District​

Previous award winners


Green Ribbon Schools Local Sponsor

Green Ribbon School Local Sponsor - California Casualty


Green Ribbon Schools Partners

Facing the Future King County Green Schools
Pacific Education Institute Washington Green Schools
Eco-Schools USA Western Washington University

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