The Best of Green Schools celebrates the hard work being done—by people, schools, campuses and organizations—to advance our shared vision for green schools. If you or someone you know is making significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools, we want to hear from you. The 2019 honorees included a student-led wetland restoration project in collaboration with the people of the Cayuga Nation in New York and a university environmental studies program in Nebraska that empowers high school students to reduce the environmental impacts of their own school buildings.
2019 Best of Green Schools Awards recipients.
The call for nominations closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 18. You are welcome to submit nominations for yourself or others.
Winners will be announced and awarded in 10 categories at the 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo, to be held March 2–4, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. This annual gathering of leaders and innovators in the green schools movement is an exciting moment to celebrate the leadership embodied by awardees.
After you submit your nomination, register to attend the conference so you’ll be in Portland to see (or receive!) the awards during the ceremony.
Categories and criteria
- K–12 School: Recognizing schools that have consistently modeled exemplary green school practices and shared what they have learned with external communities.
- School System: Recognizing school systems and districts that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.
- Higher Education Institution: Recognizing higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K–12 green schools movement through partnership, research and/or scholarship.
- Policy Maker: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting policies at the local, state or federal level that support the necessary systemic change to ensure that all children can attend a green school.
- Ambassador: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting green schools in K–12 classroom settings and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more sustainable future.
- Michele Curreri Collaborator Award: Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions to advancing the green schools movement. This is presented in memory of a beloved friend and colleague from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division, Michele Curreri. With this award, we commemorate her lifelong dedication to promoting healthy school environments through collaboration.
- Student Leader: Recognizing K–12 students who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting improvements to their schools and communities.
- Business Leader: Recognizing private sector organizations and individuals who have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.
- Transformation: Recognizing investments of time, energy and resources to transform a school, school community, event or policy into an exemplary model for the green schools movement.
- Moment for the Movement: Recognizing events, initiatives or happenings that significantly advanced and impacted the green schools movement on a national level.