What is a green school?

Green schools strive to achieve success in three pillars. Over 60 organizations in the United States and abroad use these pillars to describe their work on green schools, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program.

prepare

Reduce environmental impacts & costs

Case study: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

engage

Improve occupants' health & performance

Case study: Learning Gate Community School

policy

Increase sustainability literacy

Case study: Adlai E Stevenson High School

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Why green schools?

Successful green schools are better for students, teachers, and communities. They teach students how to lead a changing world, and they support student understanding by modeling sustainable behavior through green operations and building practices.