What is the Green Schools Recognition Program?

The Green Schools Recognition Program recognizes public and private schools in Palm Beach and Martin Counties that encourage cultures of sustainability within their school environments. This program recognizes K-12 schools that have made strides in:

  • School grounds enhancements that encourage the use of the grounds as a learning environment and enhance the area’s ecological integrity.
  • Enhancing school sustainability through the conservation of energy, water, and solid waste, green fundraisers, health and wellness initiatives, and encouraging greener transportation.
  • Integrating curriculum that will prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental challenges facing South Florida.
  • Involvement with the community that fosters partnerships within the school building and with local organizations in an effort to create an awareness of environmental issues between the school and the community.
  • Administrative support through active professional development and the creation of a school philosophy and culture that embraces sustainability.


Who is eligible?

  • All public and private schools in Martin and Palm Beach Counties.


What’s in it for us?

  • Visibility as a model for sustainability in your community and among Martin and Palm Beach County schools
  • Over $12,000 in cash prizes awarded annually to the top Green Schools
  • Invitation to the Green Schools Awards Ceremony
  •  Award Banners and Certificates for all Green Schools
  • Media recognition
  • Green Seed Money Grants


What are the levels of Green School recognition?

The goal of this program is to recognize schools that have made efforts to create a culture of sustainability within their school environments. Schools will be judged on six categories and will be given points based on the Green Schools Rubric. Our program is based on the belief that going green is a journey, and that all green strides should be celebrated. To reflect this, there are three levels of recognition for a Green School:

  • Program of Promise: A school that has scored 40-59 points and is taking the beginning steps to improve sustainability.
  • Program of Quality: A school that has scored 60-79 points and is taking active strides in improving and maintaining sustainable practices.
  • Program of Excellence: A school that has scored 80-100 points and shows the highest level of commitment to sustainability.


How can my school apply?

Before you can submit your application, someone from your school must attend a free Green Schools Workshop (this is mandatory for all applicants). The major components of the application, which can be found below, include:

  • A cover sheet completed and signed by the principal, SAC chair (if applicable), and two lead teachers.
  • A narrative summary of your school’s green activities.
  • Documentation of all required criteria for recognition.


For more information on the application process, please see the Apply page


When are the applications due?

Applications are due on March 6, 2017


When will recognition be announced?

All schools will be notified of their status by April 4, 2017


Where can my school get help?

For information regarding the application process and the workshop please contact us.


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