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New York State is participating in the fifth year of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) program.  The ED-GRS program honors schools that are taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school.  A comprehensive approach incorporates environmental learning, with improving environmental and health impacts.  This national award is an excellent way to showcase your school and show the community the proactive work taking place to promote a healthy school environment.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is permitted to nominate as many as five PreK-12 schools to the ED-GRS program.  If NYSED nominates more than two schools, at least one school must serve at least 40 percent of students from a disadvantaged background.  If NYSED nominates five PreK-12 schools, one must be a nonpublic school.  No more than one nominee may be a nonpublic school.  A school may only be honored once.

The U.S. Department of Education selects honorees from those presented by eligible nominating authorities nationwide.  Selection will be based on documentation of the applicant's exemplary achievement in the following three ED-GRS Pillars:

  • Pillar I:       Reduce environmental impact and costs.
  • Pillar II:      Improve health and wellness of students and staff.
  • Pillar III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

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