The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honors America’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools for their efforts toward improving student health and achievement and reducing their environmental impact. A Green Ribbon Schools award will represent a healthy and sustainable school, recognized by parents, students, staff and governments at federal, state and local levels as an exemplary model of achievement in sustainability, health and environmental education.
Green Ribbon Schools sets a standard of excellence for all schools to become energy efficient and healthy learning spaces that provide environmental education. National studies and existing green schools programs indicate that the benefits of the Green Ribbon Schools program will include increased energy cost savings, improved student and staff health and productivity, enhanced critical thinking skills, improved student performance, reduced behavioral problems and increased student engagement, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
While the award confers no federal funds, winners of the Green Ribbon, like Blue Ribbon Schools, may experience national and local press coverage, re-energized staff and parents, enhanced community support, increased application rates, and increased opportunities for private financial assistance. Winners will be invited to participate in national and local recognition ceremonies.
Past Award Winners
2012 Wellington Middle School, Poudre School District
2012 Flagstone Elementary School, Douglas County School District
2012 Denver Green School, Denver Public Schools
2013 Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, Poudre School District
2013 Douglas County School District
2014 Boulder Valley School District
2014 Larkspur Elementary School, Douglas County School District
2014 Lesher Middle School, Poudre School District
2014 Mesa Elementary School, Montezuma-Cortez School District
2015 Application Information
Schools and districts demonstrating high achievement in the elements of each of the three Green Ribbon Schools Pillars and meeting eligibility requirements and high college- and career-ready standards are eligible for consideration by their state or comparable nominating authority. Colorado is permitted as many as four school nominations and one district nomination. If a state or comparable authority wishes to nominate more than one public school, one must be a school with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. Private schools may also be nominated. School and district applications are due to CDE on Monday, November 3, 2014.
2015 School Application
2015 District Application
New! This year, institutions of higher education (IHE) will have the opportunity to receive recognition for their comprehensive green efforts. A Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award winner will represent a healthy and sustainable college or university, recognized by students, staff, parents, and governments at federal, state and local levels as an exemplary model of achievement in sustainability, health and environmental education.
2015 Postsecondary Sustainability Award Application
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