The Iowa Department of Education is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2023 Green Ribbon Schools Award.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is a public engagement initiative structured as a federal recognition award for school sustainability.

Recipients of the award are invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they receive a plaque and have their efforts celebrated. Other schools, in turn, learn from their practices.

Applicants must show combined progress in each of the award pillars as reflected below:

  • Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs
  • Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
  • Pillar III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education

Early learning centers, schools, districts and postsecondary institutions demonstrating progress in every area will receive the highest scores. It may be helpful to review the Green Strides School Sustainability Resource Hub for resources related to each Pillar.

Applications are due Feb. 10. Direct questions and the final submission to or 515-402-8700.

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