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Green Ribbon Schools Information

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.

A primary goal of ED-GRS is to inspire schools to strive for 21st century excellence. To that end, the award recognizes schools that:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • Improve the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and
  • Provide effective environmental and sustainability literacy, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Combined achievement in these three areas, collectively known as "Pillars," serves as the basis for recognition. Each Pillar is divided into Elements, which provide further guidance on each of the three main areas. This recognition award aligns with the Department’s cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance as well as efficiency at the federal, state, and local levels. Encouraging efficient schools allows administrators to dedicate more resources to education rather than utility costs. Healthy schools and good wellness practices ensure that all students learn in an environment conducive to achieving their full potential, free of the health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps. Environmental and sustainability education helps all students engage in hands on learning, hone critical thinking skills and develop a solid foundation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The New Hampshire Department of Education may nominate up to four schools, including one private school, and one school district for recognition. To be nominated, a school or district must demonstrate exemplary achievement in all three of the pillars. The application may be found on the Green Ribbon Schools Application Template web page.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail and may not exceed 17 pages when printed. Applications are due to the NH Department of Education no later than 4:00 PM on December 7, 2016. Any district wishing to apply as a district may modify the application form as necessary to present district level information.

DOE and EPA ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
DOE Wind for Schools Project
USDA Fuels for Schools
USGBC Center for Green Schools
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Green Globes
ASHRAE Green Standards
Advanced Energy Design Guide for energy savings in K-12 schools
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilites
American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities
EPA's Guidelines for Energy Management Overview
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council High-Performance School Building Program
DOE State Energy Program
DOE America’s Home Energy Education Challenge
EPA WaterSense
DOE Purchasing Specifications for Energy Efficient Products
BIFMA Level Standard
EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager
US Geological Survey: Water
EPA Watersense: Outdoor Water Use
USDA Community Facilities Loans and Grants
EPA Beneficial Landscaping
EPA GreenScapes
EPA Rainwater and Reuse
EPA Rain barrels
Safe Drinking Water Act
EPA Drinking Water Standards and Management
EPA Drinking Water Protections
EPA Private Drinking Water Wells
EPA Drinking Water in Schools & Childcare Facilities
The Green Squad (NRDC)
Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitats
EPA WasteWise
EPA Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools
Grades fo Green Trash Redux
Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl
EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guide
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Sustainabile Forestry Initiative (SFI)
American Tree Farm System
Green Seal
Green Seal
Consortium for School Networking Initiative Green Computing for K-12 Schools
Green Electronics Council
Consumer Electronics Association Greener Gadgets
EPA Reducing Risk from Hazardous Waste
EPA Proper Maintenance, Removal and Disposal of PCB-Containing Lights
CDC Hazardous Waste Self-Management Checklist
EPA Design for the Environment
Green Seal
ISSA - CIMS Standard
Green Cleaning for Healthy Schools
EPA Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
DOT Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Safe Routes to Schools
Walking School Bus
EPA Assessing Outdoor Air Near Schools
EPA Clean School Bus USA
CHPS Transportation Plan
Safe Routes to Schools
EPA Integrated Pest Management for Schools
ASHRAE Green Standards
EPA Radon Information
EPA Healthy Schools Environment Assessment Tool
EPA Schools and Mercury
CDC Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use
NAEPP How Asthma-Friendly is Your School
American Lung Association Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative
EPA Managing Asthma in Schools
CDC Tools for Making Your School Asthma-Friendly
EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools
EPA Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool
EPA Managing Asbestos in Schools
EPA School Flag Program
ALA Friendly Schools Toolkit
EPA Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
EPA Design for the Environment
Green Seal
EPA Buy Clean
EPA Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign
The First Lady's Let's Move!
The President's Challenge
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prevent Obesity
Healthy Schools Campaign, School Food and Fitness
Partnership for A Healthier America
USDA HealthierUS School Challenge
USDA Farm to School Program
USDA National Organic Program
National Farm to School Network
CNCS: Expand Access to Healthy Local Food
National Farm to School Network
The Edible Schoolyard Project
Better School Food
EPA Sunwise Program
ED Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE), Environment
USGCRP Energy Literacy Framework
EPA Students for the Environment
4-H Exploring Your Environment
NAAEE Framework for Assessing Environmental Literacy
DOE H2 Educate
NOAA Climate Services: Education
US Global Change Research Program Climate Change Toolkit for Educators
EPA Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
DOE EnergyKids
US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
NAAEE's Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12)
Facing the Future Curriculum and Lesson Finder
Green Education Foundation Sustainability Education Clearinghouse
NOAA/ EPA Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant
NSF Centers for Ocean Sciences for Education Excellence
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Biology Teacher Resources
NSF/ NOAA Earth System Science Education Alliance Courses
White House Educate to Innovate
EPA Environmental Education Grants
DOE STEM Teacher Development
NSF ILab Central
Making Science Make Sense
NOAA Ocean Literacy Framework
NSF Live Science
NSF National Lab Network
National Park Service Education Resources
USDA Agriculture in the Classroom
NSF/ NOAA Centers for Ocean Sciences for Education Excellence
EPA Adopt a Watershed
DOI YouthGo
Hands on the Land
Federal Nonprofit Water Outreach Programs
EPA Students for the Environment
NOAA Environmental Literacy and BWET Grants
USDA Community Facilities Loans and Grants
Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitats
School Garden Wizard
Green Thumb Challenge
National Wildlife Federation Get Outside
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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