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.
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 Tuesday, Nov. 19.
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