The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Program recognizes early learning centers, schools, districts, and higher education institutions that conserve environmental resources, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect school and community health, foster wellness, and offer environmental and sustainability education. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to improve student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.
The application cycle for the 2023-24 school year is now open. Schools, school districts, and early learning centers in Maryland are eligible and encouraged to apply to MSDE for consideration as a Green Ribbon School from Maryland. The application materials for 2024 are posted below. Please be sure to complete and submit the completed application and the appropriate Presentation Form to MSDE by December 15, 2024.
For information on environmental literacy instructional programming within a local education agency (LEA), please contact the
LEA’s Environmental Literacy Point of Contact.
Zachary Carey, Director of ScienceOffice of Teaching and LearningOffice: (410) firstname.lastname@example.org