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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.

2024 Green Ribbon Schools — Applications are closed for the 2023-24 school year.

The 2025 Green Ribbon Schools program application will open in Fall 2024. 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:

  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools: These honorees are elevated to the national level
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon State Finalists: For exemplary submissions
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Sustained Excellence Awards: For former United States Green Ribbon Schools/Districts who continue to improve
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools: Honorable Mention

Applicants may find helpful the rubric we use to score submissions, samples of winning submissions, and other useful information below.


2024 Winners from Massachusetts

Join us in celebrating this year's U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) awardees nominated by DESE!

These schools and districts have demonstrated their achievements in three essential areas of school sustainability, known as the three Pillars of ED-GRS: 1) reduced environmental impact and costs; 2) improved health and wellness; and 3) effective environmental and sustainability education. Highlights of all the Green Ribbon honorees are included in this report as well as a video message from Secretary Cardona from the U.S. Department of Education.

Past Winners from Massachusetts



  • None — paused due to COVID


  • None — paused due to COVID


  • None — paused due to COVID




  • 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: Nicole Scola .

Last Updated: April 29, 2024

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