2021 Green Ribbon Schools honorees announced

Published on: 
22 Apr 2021
Kristen Keim

Feature image: The LEED Gold District of Columbia International School, Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Andrew Rugge. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

The 2021 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees were announced today by the U.S. Department of Education. These schools and districts represent the ninth cohort of awardees that has made progress toward sustainability since the award's inception in 2012. This year’s awardees are especially inspiring due to the extenuating circumstances schools have faced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award recognizes schools in participating states across the country that have demonstrated progress in the three pillars of a green school: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award’s intention is to communicate practices and resources that all schools can employ and to facilitate state and local collaboration by highlighting successful efforts around school facilities, health and environmental education.

Students in a classroom talk to one another and work at desks with laptops

The LEED Gold Springside at Common Ground High School, New Haven, Connecticut. Photo credit: David Sundberg/ESTO.

This year’s cohort has a great deal to be proud of—these efforts are laudable in normal times, and they deserve an extra round of applause for overcoming the barriers of a pandemic. The Center for Green Schools commends each of these schools, districts and institutes of higher education for their successes, and looks forward to celebrating with them at the award ceremony this fall.

Here are a few highlights from this year’s awardees:

LEED schools

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The LEED Gold D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Patrick Ross.

School Sustainability Leaders Network

Best of Green Schools winners

Watch the announcement video