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Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program celebrates schools and districts making significant progress towards:

  • Pillar 1: Reducing environmental impact and costs.
  • Pillar 2: Improving the health and wellness of students and staff.
  • Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

How are Green Ribbon Schools/Districts selected?
Schools and districts complete an online application. A state committee scores completed applications. Up to four schools (three public and one private) and one district may be selected as state finalists. The committee also selects schools that excel in one or more of the pillars as Washington State Green Leader Schools.

OSPI forwards state finalists to the U.S. Department of Education (US-ED). US-ED chooses national award recipients from this group.

The committee uses a variety of green benchmarks. These benchmarks include zero greenhouse gas emissions, serving locally and sustainably sourced food and offering comprehensive outdoor education.

Who can apply?
Public, private and independent schools and public districts are eligible.

How are Green Ribbon Schools/Districts recognized?
State finalists and national award recipients attend several statewide events, receive a custom award and join a state team of green leaders. US-ED invites national award recipients to a ceremony in Washington DC.

What if my school or district doesn’t meet all the benchmarks?
The Green Ribbon Schools program is ambitious. You should apply if you meet some benchmarks and are making significant progress towards meeting others.

2013-14 Timeline
September: OSPI launches application.
January 17: Applications due to OSPI.
February 1: OSPI submits state finalists to US-ED.
April 22: US-ED announces national award recipients.
July 22: US-ED hosts national award ceremony.

For more information, please contact Washington’s program coordinator Gilda Wheeler.


School and District applications for this year are now closed. Nominations to USED will be announced soon.

US ED 2013 Green Ribbon School and District Awardees:

  • Glacier Park Elementary School — Maple Valley
  • Sacajawea Elementary School — Vancouver
  • Tahoma Senior High School — Covington
  • The Evergreen School — Shoreline
  • Kent School District — Kent

Washington State 2013 Green Leader School and District Awardees:

  • Discovery Elementary, Mukilteo School District — Green School Leader Award for Pillar 3
  • Olympia School District — Green District Leader Award for Pillars 1 and 2
  • Vancouver School District — Green District Leader Award for Pillars 2 and 3
  • Mercer Island School District — Green District Leader Award for Pillars 1 and 3
  • Tahoma School District — Green District Leader Award for Pillars 1 and 3

Previous award winners


Green Ribbon Schools Partners

Facing the Future King County Green Schools
Pacific Education Institute Washington Green Schools
Wildlife Federation Western Washington University

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