What is the review and recognition process?

All applications for Green Schools Recognition are due on or before March 6, 2017. At this time, a panel of judges will review all recognition applications and rank them according to the Green Schools Rubric. At least three judges will independently review each application.

All schools will be notified of the judging results by April 4, 2017. All schools scoring a minimum of 40 points will receive recognition.

All schools who applied and who met the minimum requirement of 40 points will be honored at the annual Green Schools Recognition Program Awards Ceremony. Cash awards for the top Green Schools, and Judges Choice cash awards will be given out at the ceremony. All schools will be recognized and presented with certificates, banners and other items.

Additionally, all recognized schools will be profiled on the Green Schools Recognition Program website.

Where can I get help?

There are many agencies and organizations that can help you in your journey toward greening your school. Please refer to the Resources page on the Green Schools Recognition website.

How do we get started?

By attending a free Green Schools workshop! All schools that wish to apply for Green Schools Recognition must either attend one of our in-person workshops or complete our online training.  Your first step is to determine who from your school will attend the workshop or complete this training.

The workshop will detail the steps you must take and the requirements for Green Schools Recognition.

Do we need to apply each year?

Yes. In order to maintain your status as a Green School in the program, you will need to submit an application each year. Once you achieve recognition as a Green School of Excellence, your school is eligible to submit an abbreviated application for three years. However, schools who submit an abbreviated application are not eligible for top awards or Judge’s Choice awards. After three years, your school will need to submit a full length application again.

What kinds of resources will we need?

There are many steps toward becoming a Green School that do not require extra money, but simply a commitment by your school community. We strongly advise schools to create a Green Team to lead projects and activities that address each of the categories in the Green Schools Rubric. This team can consist of teachers, administration, students, parents, and other community partners – anybody who is passionate about greening your school!

There are also a number of community agencies and organizations that can help.

What does it mean to be green?

Green means many things to many people. Our definition of what it means to be a Green School incorporates the elements of school grounds enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, community involvement and administrative support. The Green Schools Rubric, found on the Apply page of the web site clearly outlines all the categories and indicators that define what it means to be green in the Green Schools Recognition Program.

Green Schools are those that encourage cultures of sustainability within their school community.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability embodies “stewardship,” “design with nature,” and “carrying capacity”.

The most popular definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987 UN conference. It defined sustainable developments as those that “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs“(WECD, 1987). Robert Gillman, editor of the In Context magazine, extends this goal oriented definition by stating “sustainability refers to a very old and simple concept (The Golden Rule)…do onto future generations as you would have them do onto you.”

What is the Green Team?

One of the indicators in our recognition program involves the creation of a Green Team consisting of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members to coordinate the systematic planning and implementation of ongoing Green School activities. The Green Team is the backbone of the Green Schools program at your school. It should consist of willing volunteers who are passionate about leading the way to a greener school community.

Why should our school participate?

Because one of the most important lessons schools can teach and model to its learners is how to live sustainably and make responsible choices in their own lives. Today’s learners are tomorrow’s decision-makers.

This program is a great opportunity for greening your school, your students and your community and also being recognized for your efforts. Please see the Program page on the Green Schools Recognition website for specific awards and incentives.

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