Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) Program, which was launched in 2011, is an awards program that recognizes the most innovative schools in the Nation based on three achievement areas. The areas, collectively known as the Pillars, are listed below.
- Environmental impact and energy efficiency
- Healthy school environments and practices
- Environmental and sustainability education
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has participated in the ED-GRS Program for the past three years. Since joining the program in 2015, seven DoDEA schools have been awarded Federal ED-GRS status as recognition of their tremendous gains in terms of facilities, nutrition and fitness, and incorporating environmental and sustainability education into curriculum.
For school year 2023-24, DoDEA Headquarters (HQ) aims at expanding awareness of the ED-GRS Program by encouraging district participation in guiding schools through the application process. Additionally, DoDEA HQ aims at improving the quality of the application process by providing more resources, guidance to applicants and support throughout the application process. The attached DoDEA GRS application and the DoDEA GRS scoring matrix are provided for interested schools. All pillars must be completed The table below contains details of the application process.
|ED-GRS Application Submission Timeline||Deadline|
||Dec 9, 2023|
||Dec 16, 2024|
Thank you for your unwavering commitment and tireless efforts on behalf of our military-connected students. Let us remember that transforming schools into sustainable and healthy learning environments will truly make a difference. Please direct your questions or concerns to Ms. Jude Scally at Jude.Scally@dodea.edu.
Past Green Ribbon School Awardees
|Spangdahlem Middle School||Spangdahlem, Germany||2018|
|Tarawa Terrace Elementary School||Lejeune, North Carolina||2017|
|Kimberly Hampton Primary School||Fort Bragg, North Carolina||2016|
|Van Voorhis Elementary School||Fort Knox, Kentucky||2016|
|Garmisch Elementary/Middle School||Garmisch, Germany||2016|
|Charles P. Murray Elementary School||Fort Stewart, Georgia||2015|
|Wiesbaden Middle School||Wiesbaden, Germany||2015|