The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education. Working in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), USGBC-Illinois is accepting applications from schools that integrate best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments, and environmental education. Winning applications for the Illinois Green Ribbon program demonstrate progress and achievements in each area of the three pillars:
- Reduce environmental impact and costs;
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
- Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
Applications are scored by a panel of individuals with strong backgrounds in the three pillars. The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program for consideration at the national level.
Click here to visit the USGBC-Illinois.org Green Ribbon web page.
Click here to complete the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools application. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at noon.
If you have questions or need assistance please call Public Information at (217) 782-4648.