Announcing the 2012-2013 US DOE Green Ribbon Schools Award
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched the annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award in 2011 to recognize the highest performing green schools in the nation. The recognition award honors exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims.
New Jersey was one of 34 states that participated in the 2011-2012 pilot year of the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) program. Last year’s pilot program was hugely successful, and resulted in the award of four NJ Green Ribbon Schools national winners. New Jersey, along with 40 other states, will be participating in the 2012-2013 GRS program, which is open to all public and private schools in NJ.
To apply to become a Green Ribbon School, download the application and support documents at: www.eirc.org/njssc
Timelines for submission of materials to the EIRC:
1. Letter of intent to participate must be submitted by November 15, 2012.
2. Completed application must be submitted by January 9, 2013.
3. For more information call Carol James at 732-331-9307
Winning schools will be recognized at a national ceremony in Washington D.C. The four nominated New Jersey schools will also be recognized at the New Jersey Sustainable Schools Conference on March 15, 2013, and will present a summary of their school’s achievement.
The following New Jersey organizations are supporting this program:
- Department of Education, Office of School Facilities
- Sustainable Jersey
- Department of Environmental Protection
- Association of School Administrators
- Audubon NJ
- School Boards Association
- USGBC NJ
- PLT Green Schools
The Educational Information Resource Center (EIRC), in collaboration with the NJ DOE Office of School Facilities is responsible for the overall administration of the program. The combined efforts of the NJDEP, NJSBA, NJASA, along with many other affiliate groups, actively promote and support the GRS recognition program to all schools in the state.