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 for the 2020 Green Ribbon Schools Program are now open!  The deadline to apply is January 13, 2020. The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program for consideration at the national level.

Pre-K-12 Application

Post-Secondary Application

Check out the full list of Illinois honorees here.

Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Timeline & Application 
Applications OpenNovember 1, 2020

Applications are now open!
Pre-K-12 Application
Post-Secondary Application
Applications Due to Illinois Green AllianceJan. 13, 2020.
2020 Illinois Nominees Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Friday, February 14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education Announces 2020 National AwardeesSpring 2020
The U.S. Department of Education Hosts the 2020 National Award CeremonyFall 2020

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