Green Ribbon Schools

Published: 9/12/2016 8:48 AM

The Kentucky Department of Education will again participate in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award.

ED Green Ribbon Schools webpage
This award recognizes the highest performing green and healthy schools in the nation. It honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and cost; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. Combined achievement in these three areas, collectively known as “Pillars” serves as the basis for recognition. A key partner in this endeavor with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is the Campaign for Environmental Literacy.
Kentucky's 2016 GRS Info
Participation in Kentucky's Green Ribbon Schools Program is a THREE step process.
The FIRST STEP will be to complete and submit a "Letter of Intent" to KDE to indicate your school's desire to submit an application.  "Letter of Intent" deadline is October 14, 2016.
The SECOND STEP will be to complete and submit the KY 2016 GRS application to KDE to demonstrate your school's progress towards the goals of each of the three GRS Pillars.  The completed application should be emailed to &  Application deadline is December 1, 2016.
The THIRD STEP will be to work with KDE to complete a nomination package provided by the ED-GRS.  KDE will submit the packages of the three nominated Kentucky schools.  Nomination Package deadline is January 20, 2017.
For more information regarding the program please contact Calleen Yett at (502) 564-4326 Ext. 4431.
Kentucky Green Ribbon School (KY-GRS) winners:
      2015-2016 KY-GRS (3)
o   Eastern Elementary School (Scott County)
o   Russell Cave Elementary School (Fayette County)
o   Berea College (Madison County)
Resources and Information
Greg Dunbar
Office of Finance and Operations​
Division of District Support
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4326
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