Green Schools

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.


Reduce environmental impacts & costs

Case study: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School


Improve occupants' health & performance

Case study: Learning Gate Community School


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. Read more about the benefits of green schools for your students and community: