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
- Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
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 however only one private school
may be nominated. The state committee also selects schools and districts that
excel in one or more of the pillars as Washington State Green School and
OSPI forwards state finalists to the U.S. Department of Education (USED). USED chooses national award recipients from this group.
Public, private schools and public districts are eligible.
2015-2016 Green Ribbon Schools and District Applications are now open. Deadline
for submission is January 8, 2016.
Interested in learning more about the application process? Take a look at our informational video about the Green Ribbon Schools application process or download the presentation.
State finalists and national award recipients may attend several statewide
events, will receive an award and join a state team of green leaders. USED
invites national award recipients to a ceremony in Washington DC.
The Green Ribbon Schools program is ambitious. You should apply if you meet some benchmarks and are making significant progress towards meeting others.
September: OSPI launches application.
January 8: Applications due to OSPI.
February 1: OSPI submits state finalists to USED.
April 22: USED announces national award recipients.
Summer 2016: USED hosts national award ceremony.
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 Sultana Shah.
US Department of Education 2016 Green Ribbon School and District Awardees:
- Bethel School District
- Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy, Eatonville School District
- Gaiser Middle School, Vancouver Public Schools
- Issaquah School District
- Lakota Middle School, Federal Way Public Schools
Washington State 2016 Green School and District Leader Awardees:
- Ilalko Elementary School, Auburn School District (Pillar 1)
- Lakeridge Elementary School, Mercer Island School District (Pillar 1)
- Montessori Children's School located in Redmond (Pillar 2)
Previous award winners