U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

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The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  • Provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

Combined progress in ALL three of these areas, known as Pillars, serves as the basis for recognition. ED-GRS aligns with the Department’s cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance and increasing efficiency at federal, state, and local levels. It is part of a U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness.

Michigan is only accepting applications from schools and early learning centers for the 2019 – 2020 application.  For more information on the program and directions for applying see the Request for Applications listed below.

Request for Applications


Program Contact

Ruth Anne Hodges hodgesr3@michigan.gov  517-241-2219