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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. 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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