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					  Green Schools Have Come of Age!

• U.S. Department of Education began ED-GRS 
  recognition award in Fall 2011 and named the 
  first cohort in April 2012. 
• The award highlights the innovative best 
  practices of a handful of schools  that are: 
  – Reducing environmental impact and costs; 
  – Improving health and wellness; and 
  – Providing effective environmental and 
    sustainability education.  
              Put Another Way
1. Schools’ and their occupants’ 
   impact on the environment; 
2. Schools’ environmental and 
   behavioral impact on 
   occupants; and 
3. How schools teach students 
   about the environment and 
   sustainability to prepare 
   them for citizenship and 
   employment in the 21st 
   century. 
  A Means To Use Existing Resources to
    Achieve Current National Goals…
Economic health and stability
• Much needed improvements to school 
  facilities create jobs and save schools money. 
• Prepare students to participate in the green 
  economy
• Strengthen the nation's energy security 
• Conserve critical natural resources.  
    …And School and Student goals
Student Achievement
• fostering health, wellness and achievement
• providing a well-rounded education,
•  increasing STEM skills, content knowledge 
  and engagement
• ensuring students’ college and career 
  preparedness and civic skills
What ED-Green Ribbon Schools is Not
• NOT an additional set of priorities for schools.  
• Instead, it connects schools with existing
  resources and standards that advance current 
  goals. 
• These are high standards that advance current 
  aims to cut costs, provide a well-rounded 
  education, increase STEM skills and 
  engagement, foster health and wellness and 
  ensure students’ preparedness for 21st 
  century economy and citizenship. 
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.
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Campaign Steering Committee                           Supporting Organizations (State)
Campaign for Environmental Literacy                   Arkansas Environmental Education Association
Earth Day Network                                     California Association for Environmental and 
National Wildlife Federation                                Outdoor Education 
U.S. Green Building Council                           Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education 
                                                      Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia
Supporting Organizations (National)
Alliance for Climate Education                        Environmental Education Association of Alabama
Alliance to Save Energy                               Environmental Education Association of New 
American Architectural Foundation                           Mexico
American Federation of Teachers                       Environmental Education Association of Oregon
American Montessori Society                           Environmental Education Association of 
Association for the Advancement of                          Washington
      Sustainability in Higher Education              Environment Education Connections of South 
BlueGreen Alliance                                          Dakota
Committee on Architecture for Education               Environmental Education Council of Ohio
Council of Educational Facility Planners
      International                                   Environmental Educators of North Carolina
Council of Environmental Deans                        Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance
      and Directors                                   Idaho Environmental Education Association
Earth Force                                           Kansas Association for Conservation and 
Green Charter Schools Network                               Environmental Education 
Green Community Schools                               Kansas Green Schools Program
Green Fox Schools                                     Kentucky Association for Environmental 
Green Schools Alliance                                      Education
Green Schools Initiative                              Kentucky Environmental Education Council 
Green Schools Network
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute                    Maryland Association for Environmental and 
Healthy Schools Campaign                                    Outdoor Education
Hispanic Access Foundation                            Maryland Green Schools
National Association of Elementary                    Minnesota Association for Environmental 
      School Principals                                     Education
National Association of Independent                   Missouri Environmental Education Association
      Schools                                         Nebraska Association for Conservation and
National Audubon Society                                    Environmental Education
National Clearinghouse for Educational                New York State Outdoor Education Association
      Facilities
National Council for Science and the                  Oregon Green Schools
      Environment                                     Pennsylvania Association of Environmental
National Education Association                              Educators
National Energy Education Development                 Rhode Island Environmental Education 
      Project                                               Association
National Green Schools Coalition                      South Carolina Green Steps Schools
National Green Schools Network
National School Boards Association                    Tennessee Environmental Education 
National Science Teachers                                   Association
      Association
North American Association for                        Tennessee Environmental Literacy Working 
      Environmental Education                               Group 
Ocean Foundation
Project Learning Tree                                 Texas Green Ribbon Schools 
U.S. Partnership for Education for                    Utah Society for Environmental Education 
      Sustainable Development
Zerofootprint Challenge for Schools                   Vermont Sweep: State-Wide Environmental 
                                                           Education Programs
                                                      Washington Green Schools
                                                      West Virginia Green Schools
                                                      West Virginia Environmental Education 
                                                            Association 
                                                      Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools
How ED-Green Ribbon Schools Works
• Recognizes schools that meet a variety of existing 
  standards, implementing or employing numerous 
  complementary policies and resources. 
• A nation-wide recognition award, not a grant.
• Incents change by communicating high standards 
  and recognizing the most exemplary schools or 
  individuals according to specified criteria.  
• State applications are a learning tool for schools 
  to obtain a baseline assessment in all three Pillars
Green Schools National Conference,
  Denver, CO, February 28, 2012
34 Authorities Intending to Nominate 2012-2013
40 Authorities Intending to Nominate inin 2012-2013
  Selecting ED-Green Ribbon Schools
• Schools must be nominated by their state 
  education agency and cannot apply directly to
  ED.  
• 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.
   Communicating Best Practices
• The Green Strides Webinar Series:  Green 
  Ribbon is not a certification or program.  It will 
  highlight just a few exemplary schools each 
  year.  Through the Strides Series (GSWS) it 
  connects all states, districts and schools with 
  existing resources.
• The blog, newsletter, Facebook and speakers
  bureau are other opportunities to connect 
  schools with federal resources and expertise. 
         Timeframe for Pilot  
      Timeframe 2012-2013 Year
• Summer 2012:   States encouraged to indicate their intent 
  to submit nominees to USED. 
• July:    ED provides 2012-2013 criteria
• Sept:  States begin selection processes
• December: States select nominees to USED. 
• February 15: States submit nominees to ED for the Green 
  Ribbon Schools recognition award. 
• April 22:  USED announces honorees. 
• June 3:  USED hosts national recognition award ceremony.  

                    (all dates tentative)
     Additional Information
Blog http://www.ed.gov/blog/tag/green-
ribbon-schools/
Website http://www.ed.gov/programs/green-
ribbon-schools.  
Facebook 
http://www.facebook.com/EDGreenRibbonSc
hools.  
Email green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov.

				
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