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Applications Available for the 2015 Awards

Green Ribbon Schools

Applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon awards program, recognizing schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education, are now available. ISBE will accept applications from schools that integrated best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments, and environmental education.

School districts with fewer than 200,000 students may select one school for which they submit an application. School districts with more than 200,000 students may select two schools for which they submit applications. Additionally, a district may apply as a district rather than selecting an individual school. Applications are due back to the Illinois State Board of Education by Nov. 19, 2014.

Applications can be submitted as a Word document, a Word document with pictures or as a videotaped project. Applications can be emailed to or mailed to:

Illinois Green School Award Program
Illinois State Board of Education
Public Information
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777-0001

Applications will be scored by a panel of individuals with strong backgrounds in the three pillars. The top scoring schools will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program for consideration at the national level.

If you have questions or need assistance please call Public Information at (217) 782-4648.

To complete the application click here for the Microsoft Word document. Microsoft Word document

USDE Green Ribbon Schools