Every fall, the United States Department of Education and state Departments of Education host the Green Schools recognition and awards program, which seeks to inspire schools and districts to strive for 21st-century excellence in sustainability practices. The  (CA-GRS) and the U.S. Department of Education's  recognizes school communities that achieve progress towards sustainability in three pillars:

  • Pillar I: Reducing environmental impact and costs
  • Pillar II: Improving the health and wellness of students and staff
  • Pillar III: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education

In California, nominations for the federal ED-GRS award are made by participating in the program. To reduce repetition, CA-GRS uses the same application as the federal ED-GRS program but recognizes all schools that can demonstrate achievement of the three pillars in a tiered recognition: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Green Achiever. Applications are now closed for the 2023-24 school year. Schools, districts, and county offices are welcome to apply in the fall each year. 

Support Services for Applying to the California Green Ribbon Schools Program

The 小蓝视频 offers introductory and for the CA Green Ribbon Program annually to help school programs in SMC successfully apply. 

Sample technical assistance services include:

  • Coaching on project management, stakeholder engagement, and application writing
  • Application review and guidance on best practices
  • Direct support with project management and stakeholder engagement

Email elsi@smcoe.org to receive FREE technical assistance from the 小蓝视频 to apply for the California Green Ribbon Awards Program. 

Local Leaders in the CA-GRS Program

Read about 小蓝视频 schools and district that were recognized in previous school years.

  • Redwood High School (Green Achiever/National Recognition 2023)
  • Cabrillo Unified School District (Silver Tier Recognition 2023)
  •  (Bronze Tier Recognition 2022)
  • (Bronze Tier Recognition 2021)
  • (Silver Tier Recognition 2021)
  •  (Green Achiever/National Recognition 2021) 

Project Management Resources

Julie Hilborn

Coordinator, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

Email: jhilborn@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5406