Launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, the Green Ribbon Schools recognition program honors schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), civic skills, and green career pathways. Each year, Massachusetts selects one or more schools or districts to honor at the state level; those honorees are then elevated to the U.S. Department of Education where they will have the opportunity to be honored as a national Green Ribbon School/District.
The 2020 Green Ribbon Schools program is taking applications now through Friday, January 17, 2020. The 2020 application is now available. A panel comprised of DESE staff, Massachusetts School Building Authority staff, and statewide environmental education organizations will score the applications and award schools and districts in the following categories:
Applicants may find helpful the rubric we use to score submissions, samples of winning submissions, and other useful information below.
For more information, please contact:
Matthew Deninger, Acting Chief Strategy and Research Officer at DESE.
Last Updated: September 30, 2019
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