Every school in Illinois can start on the path towards a greener, more sustainable future.

The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that have active programs, actions, and dedication to promote and educate about sustainability.  Working in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Green Alliance accepts applications from schools across Illinois.

Your school is probably doing more than you think, especially when you add up all the great efforts from students, staff and parents.  So why not showcase your school’s achievements and let your community know how much you have accomplished to green your school!

Applications are currently closed, but will open again in fall 2019.  The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program for consideration at the national level.  Additional information about the timeline can be found below and sample applications from the 2019 program can be found here for both Pre-K-12 and Post-Secondary schools.

Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Timeline & Application 
Applications OpenApplications are currently closed. Applications for the 2020 program will open in fall 2019.
Applications Due to Illinois Green AllianceApplications are currently closed. Applications for the 2020 program will open in fall 2019.
2019 Illinois Nominees Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Friday, February 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education Announces 2019 National AwardeesSpring 2019
The U.S. Department of Education Hosts the 2019 National Award CeremonyFall 2019

Contact Liz Wimmer with questions about the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program.