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The Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education. Illinois Green Alliance, working in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Educa​tion, annually reviews 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 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.​​

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year application cycle will open Fall 2022.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the 2022 Green Ribbon Schools. Congratulations to the Illinois schools and districts that were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

  • Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove
  • Northwestern University in Evanston
  • Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago​​

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