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Why ED-Green Ribbon Schools?. History Authorities and Programs ED as connector & communicator of best practices and resources. Let’s Look at How and Why ED-Green Ribbon Schools Came to Be. Public request to EPA, ED and White House

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why ed green ribbon schools
Why ED-Green Ribbon Schools?
  • History
  • Authorities and Programs
  • ED as connector & communicator of best practices and resources
let s look at how and why ed green ribbon schools came to be
Let’s Look at How and Why ED-Green Ribbon Schools Came to Be
  • Public request to EPA, ED and White House
  • Concept launch with heads of EPA, ED and CEQ in April 2011, indicating the pilot year cohort would be named in spring 2012.
  • Summer 2011 developing award criteria and nomination infrastructure, consulting with associations, states, national and local NGOs, school communities, technical experts, the public, and numerous federal partners.

Supporting Organizations (State)

Arkansas Environmental Education Association

California Association for Environmental and

Outdoor Education

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

Environmental Education Association of Alabama

Environmental Education Association of New Mexico

Environmental Education Association of Oregon

Environmental Education Association of Washington

Environment Education Connections of South Dakota

Environmental Education Council of Ohio

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance

Idaho Environmental Education Association

Kansas Association for Conservation and

Environmental Education

Kansas Green Schools Program

Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Maryland Association for Environmental and

Outdoor Education

Maryland Green Schools

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education

Missouri Environmental Education Association

Nebraska Association for Conservation and

Environmental Education

New York State Outdoor Education Association

Oregon Green Schools

Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

South Carolina Green Steps Schools

Tennessee Environmental Education Association

Tennessee Environmental Literacy Working Group

Texas Green Ribbon Schools

Utah Society for Environmental Education

Vermont Sweep: State-Wide Environmental

Education Programs

Washington Green Schools

West Virginia Green Schools

West Virginia Environmental Education Association

Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools

Campaign Steering Committee

Campaign for Environmental Literacy

Earth Day Network

National Wildlife Federation

U.S. Green Building Council

Supporting Organizations (National)

Alliance for Climate Education

Alliance to Save Energy

American Architectural Foundation

American Federation of Teachers

American Montessori Society

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

BlueGreen Alliance

Committee on Architecture for Education

Council of Educational Facility Planners International

Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Earth Force

Green Charter Schools Network

Green Community Schools

Green Fox Schools

Green Schools Alliance

Green Schools Initiative

Green Schools Network

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Healthy Schools Campaign

Hispanic Access Foundation

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Independent Schools

National Audubon Society

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

National Council for Science and the Environment

National Education Association

National Energy Education Development Project

National Green Schools Coalition

National Green Schools Network

National School Boards Association

National Science Teachers Association

North American Association for Environmental Education

Ocean Foundation

Project Learning Tree

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Zerofootprint Challenge for Schools

how ed green ribbon schools works
How ED-Green Ribbon Schools Works
  • Honors schools, school districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs)
  • Tool to encourage new collaborations among state education authorities, both PK-12 and postsecondary, and various inter-agency and inter-sector partners.
  • Communicates best practices and resources.
  • Recognition; not a grant.

Consensus-Based Pillars

  • Reducing environmental impact and costs;
  • Improving health and wellness; and
  • Providing effective environmental education.
a means to use existing resources to achieve current national goals
A Means To Use Existing Resources to Achieve Current National Goals…

Economic health and stability

  • Improvements to school facilities create jobs.
  • Conservation measures save schools money.
  • Preparation for the green economy.
  • Strengthen the nation's energy security.
  • Conserve critical natural resources.
and educators goals
…And Educators’ goals

Student Achievement

  • fostering health, wellness and achievement
  • providing a well-rounded education
  • increasing STEM skills, knowledge and engagement
  • ensuring students’ college and career preparedness
  • civic skills and values
and postsecondary aims
…And Postsecondary Aims
  • Reduced college costs
  • Increased completion rates
  • Green career connections
  • Increased civic skills
what ed green ribbon schools is not
What ED-Green Ribbon Schools is Not
  • NOT a new rating system.
  • NOT tied to any one program or standard;
  • Encourages schools, districts and postsecondary institutions to use pre-existing programs and standards in three Pillars.
  • Promote ALL of the many federal and other sector resources, programs, and standards in the area of the three Pillars.
selecting nominees in states
Selecting Nominees in States
  • Interested schools, districts and IHE’s must be nominated by their state education authorities and cannot apply directly to ED.
  • Each authority is invited to nominate up to five schools or school districts and a single IHE that they assess to be the highest performing in their jurisdiction, based on the authorities’ evaluation of applicants’ achievement in all Pillars and every Element.
school and district nominees
School and District Nominees
  • Schools must be nominated by their state education authorities.
  • Mechanism for private, BIE and DOD schools.
  • State education authorities evaluate schools based on 3 Pillars
  • Compliance with federal, state and local civil rights, health, safety and environmental laws.
  • Based on their evaluation, state authorities send nominees to USED.
  • Encourages underserved nominees.
postsecondary nominees
Postsecondary Nominees
  • IHEs must be nominated by their state education authorities and cannot apply directly to ED.
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers, Governors and Associations form state nomination committee.
  • Committees evaluate schools based on 3 Pillars
  • Encouraged to take into account diversity.
  • Based on their evaluation, state authorities send nominees to USED.
states applications
States’ Applications
  • No required federal application.
  • Each state evaluates its candidates as it wishes and submits documentation showing how nominees are high performing in every Pillar and Element.
  • This can be a question-by-question format or a narrative summarizing accomplishments in each Pillar.
  • Sample application templates provided to state authorities for their use and adaptation.

Communicating Best Practices and Resources

  • Green Strides with Webinars
  • Highlights Report
  • Newsletter and Social Media
  • Ceremony and Announcement
  • Best Practices Tour
  • 204 schools; 23 districts
  • 30+ participating states
  • New state collaborations
  • New federal collaborations
  • More resources into schools
timeframe for pilot
Timeframe for Pilot

The ED-GRS Calendar

  • Spring: ED provides refreshed criteria
  • Summer:State authorities encouraged to indicate their intent to submit nominees to USED.
  • Sept: States begin selection processes
  • Winter:State application deadlines (vary by state)
  • February 1:States submit nominees to ED.
  • April 22: USED announces honorees.
  • July:USED hosts national recognition award ceremony. 
additional information
Additional Information

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