U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

2024 US-ED Green Ribbon Schools Applications Due 12/20/23

School District Application

Washington State ED Green Ribbon School District Application 23-24

K-12 School Application

Washington State ED Green Ribbon School Application 23-24 

Submit your application by 12/20/2023 at 3 PM here: Washington State ED Green Ribbon Schools Application 23-24 (alchemer.com) 

View a list of past and present GRS honorees!

2023 GRS & Green Leader Schools Honorees

Green Ribbon School Honorees

WA Green Leader Schools

  • Lacamas Lake Elementary

View a list of past and present GRS honorees!

Contact Information

Environment and Sustainability Education

Elizabeth Schmitz

Program Supervisor

Danelle Bessett

Administrative Assistant

The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Program  (US-ED GRS) celebrates schools and districts making significant progress towards:

  • Pillar 1: Reducing environmental impact and costs.
  • Pillar 2: Improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff.
  • Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Apply by 12/20/2023 at 3:00 PM. Submit your Washington State ED Green Ribbon Schools Application 23-24.  

Questions? Visit our Office Hours for Washington US-ED Green Ribbon School and District Applicants, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM on 11/29, 12/6, and 12/13 at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89274208120 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Public, private schools, and public districts are eligible. State-Tribal Education Compact Schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools are encouraged to apply. Pre-schools, including outdoor pre-schools, are encouraged to apply.

What is the selection process?

Schools and districts complete an online application. A state committee scores completed applications. The state may nominate up to five schools or districts. The state committee also selects schools and districts that excel in one or more of the pillars as Washington State Green School and District Leaders.

Schools can answer the application with data and information based on the 2017-2022 school years - due to the impacts from the pandemic, information is not required to include facilities data for the 2020-2021/2021-2022 school years. Most schools and districts that receive the award do so by demonstrating systemic and sustained practices.

OSPI forwards state finalists to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED chooses national award recipients from this group.

How are Green Ribbon Schools/Districts recognized?

State finalists and national award recipients may attend statewide events, join a state team of green leaders, and will receive an award. ED invites national award recipients to a ceremony in Washington DC.

What if my school or district doesn't meet all the requirements?

The ED Green Ribbon Schools program is ambitious. You should apply if you are making significant progress towards meeting the goals stated as the program’s Three Pillars – 1. Reduced Environmental Impact and Cost, 2. Improved Health and Wellness, and 3. Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Education. There are two levels of awards: the National Green Ribbon Schools Award program and the state Green Leader awards. If you do not qualify for the ED Green Ribbon Schools award, you may still be eligible for the Washington State Green Leader award.

ED Green Ribbon Schools Partners


E3 Washington State Association for Environmental and Sustainability educators

United State Environmental Protection Agency logo

King County Green Schools logo


Pacific Education Institute. Non profit science center logo

Washington Green Schools logo

Eco-Schools USA National Wildlife Federation logo