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ED-GRS Annual Timeline:


  • Chief and SHEEO notifies ED that state intends to nominate in the coming awards cycle, constitutes selection committee and prepares application.


  • State opens application to schools, districts and postsecondary.

Fall and winter

  • Schools, districts and postsecondary institutions complete and submit applications to their state authorities.


  • State authorities review and select school and district nominees and postsecondary nominee.

February 1

  • Deadline for state authorities to nominate to ED to participate in the national competition.

April 22

  • ED announces national honorees.


  • ED hosts awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

Application Materials

For Schools

Schools, districts, colleges and universities do not apply for the award to ED, but to their state education authorities.

Candidates must contact their state departments of education (or equivalent DoDEA or BIE jurisdictions) or state higher education authorities for information on selection in each state.

For State Education Authorities

Please note: ED's award is called "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools" and has "District Sustainability Award” and "Postsecondary Sustainability Award" categories. "Green Ribbon Schools” without the "U.S. Department of Education" is not ED's award, but instead is a separate program overseen by another organization.

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Last Modified: 05/22/2014