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Created in 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are demonstrating a commitment to three Pillars: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use, and alternative transportation; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff, including environmental health, nutrition, and fitness; and 3) providing effective sustainability education, including robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

The award is a communications and outreach tool to encourage state education, health, and environment authorities, stakeholders, and school communities to consider matters of facilities, health, and environment comprehensively, strengthening the critical collaborations that ensure all of our nation's schools are healthier, safer, and more sustainable. In order to be selected for federal recognition, schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions must be demonstrating progress in all three Pillars.  More information on the recognition award can be found here.

In early 2013, ED added Green Strides to connect all school communities with the free, publically-available resources from a variety of sources that these recognition award honorees effectively use. The Green Strides portal is intended as a one-stop shop for resources, webinars, case studies, promising practices, and collaboration so that all schools can make progress across every Pillar of the award. In 2015, to offer a more dynamic and user-friendly web portal, Green Strides was moved off of ed.gov through the generous assistance of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sign up for the Green Strides Newsletter to receive information on resources, opportunities, webinars, and our honorees’ innovative, replicable practices.

While ED has not been authorized by Congress to administer grant programs that are exclusively focused on school sustainability, there are a few ED grant programs that may be used to help support schools' work to reduce environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and provide effective environmental education. These include:

Environmental Education

ED Health Related Grant Programs

ED Facilities Related Grant Programs

Sustainability Related Commitments and Strategy

On our About page
Through ED’s Green Strides resources, webinar series, blog, newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter, the Department aims to facilitate the sharing of innovative practices and resources in the areas of sustainable school facilities, health, and learning, and the critical collaborations that ensure all of our nation's schools are healthier, safer, and more sustainable.  You can read about our past U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees here.

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On our Resources page
The resources page is designed to make ED-Green Ribbon School resources easier to find. It is offered as a convenience for schools, teachers, parents and students. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness or effectiveness of outside resources. The inclusion of particular resources is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services.

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On our Webinar page
The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities the tools to reduce their schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

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