U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program

Launched in 2011, the Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program is the federal government's first comprehensive green schools initiative, and it has tremendous implications for schools across the country. Earth Day Network is proud to have collaborated with other leaders in the green schools movement and the Department of Education to make this initiative happen.

Green Ribbon Awards recognize public and private schools of all age levels that demonstrate dramatic gains in both environmental literacy and reducing their carbon footprint while improving learning conditions.

This exciting new program is invigorating and empowering schools nationwide for growing the 21st-century economy. By encouraging schools to apply for this award, powerful strides will be taken to ensure we meet our shared goal of greening America’s schools within a generation


The 2013 Honorees

The second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools were announced on Earth Day. 78 schools received the Green Ribbon Award this year. The winners were selected from nominees from 32 state education agencies and the District of Columbia. Among the winners are 54 public schools, 10 private schools, 7 charter schools, 5 magnet schools, and 4 career and technical schools.  There are 40 elementary, 23 middle, and 19 high schools (several with various K-12 configurations). About 51% of the schools represent underserved populations.

Schools by state


  • Fayetteville High School, Sylacauga, AL
  • Munford Middle School and Munford High School, Munford, AL
  • Harriette W. Gwin Elementary School, Hoover, AL
  • Talladega County, AL


  • Fayetteville District, AR


  • Charles Evans Hughes Middle School, Long Beach, CA
  • Journey School, Aliso Viejo, CA
  • Redding School of the Arts II, Redding, CA
  • Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito, CA
  • Oak Park Unified School District, CA


  • Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, Fort Collins, CO
  • Douglas County School District, CO


  • Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, New Haven, CT
  • Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT
  • Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, Hartford, CT


  • St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, DE

District of Columbia

  • Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington DC


  • Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood, FL
  • St. Paul Lutheran School, Lakeland, FL
  • School District of Palm Beach County, FL


  • Ford Elementary School, Acworth, GA
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA


  • Guion Creek Middle School, Indianapolis, IN


  • Starmont Community School, Arlington, IA
  • Des Moines Independent Community School District, IA


  • Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School, Shawnee, KS


  • Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, Lexington, KY
  • Cane Run Elementary School, Louisville, KY
  • Northern Elementary School, Georgetown, KY


  • Cedar Grove Elementary School, Germantown, MD
  • Summit Hall Elementary School, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Montgomery County Public Schools, MD


  • Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA
  • Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School, Manchester By-the-Sea, MA
  • Quincy High School, Quincy, MA
  • Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, MA


  • Jeffers Pond Elementary School, Prior Lake, MN
  • Heritage E-STEM Middle School, West St. Paul, MN
  • School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN
  • Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, MN


  • Watkins Elementary School, Jackson, MS


  • King Science and Technology Magnet Center, Omaha, NE

New Hampshire

  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

New Jersey

  • Bedwell Elementary School, Bernardsville, NJ
  • Summerfield Elementary School, Neptune, NJ

New York

  • Crompond School, Yorktown Heights, NY
  • Hubert H. Humphrey PS 057, Staten Island, NY
  • Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY


  • Kenston High School, Chagrin Falls, OH


  • Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
  • Broughal Community Middle School, Bethlehem, PA
  • Westtown School, West Chester, PA
  • Nazareth Area Middle School, Nazareth, PA
  • Lower Merion School District, PA

Rhode Island

  • Providence Career and Technical Academy, Providence, RI
  • The Compass School, Kingston, RI


  • Lipscomb Academy Elementary School, Nashville, TN
  • Ivy Academy, Soddy-Daisy, TN


  • St. Albans City School, St. Albans, VT
  • Reading Elementary School, Reading, VT
  • Shelburne Community School, Shelburne, VT


  • Magna Vista High School, Ridgeway, VA
  • Stony Point Elementary School, Keswick, VA


  • Glacier Park Elementary School, Maple Valley, WA
  • Sacajawea Elementary School, Vancouver, WA
  • Tahoma Senior High School, Covington, WA
  • The Evergreen School, Shoreline, WA
  • Kent School District, WA

West Virginia

  • Hometown Elementary School, Red House, WV
  • Petersburg Elementary School, Petersburg, WV
  • Marshall County Schools, WV


  • Jefferson Elementary-Fox River Academy, Appleton, WI
  • Racine Montessori School, Racine, WI
  • Summit Environmental School, La Crosse, WI
  • Westlawn Elementary School, Cedarburg, WI
  • School District of Fort Atkinson, WI

EDN worked with Dorsey High School to motivate next generation of innovative entrepreneurs and change makers depend on their schools to be effective learning environments, earning them the Green Ribbon School Award in April 2015. Follow Dorsey’s example and make your school green too! Check out the case study here.