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    Green Ribbon Schools

    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.

    Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Program: Paused Due to COVID-19

    The Green Ribbon Schools program has paused during the 2020, 2021, and 2022 school years due to the disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. DESE is still considering whether to restart the program for the 2023 school year. Please check this website for the latest updates.


    Past Winners from Massachusetts




    • None


    • Littleton Public Schools (District Award)


    • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
    • Hingham Public School District, Hingham High School
    • Cambridge Public Schools (District Award)


    • Boston Public Schools, Boston Latin School


    • Manchester-Essex Regional School District, Manchester-Essex Regional Middle High School
    • Quincy School District, Quincy High School
    • Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (District Award)
    • The Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA (private)

    For more information, please contact:
    Matthew Deninger , Chief Strategy and Research Officer at DESE.

    Last Updated: May 6, 2022

    Contact Us

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

    Voice: (781) 338-3000
    TTY: (800) 439-2370


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