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 2022 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program are now open! Additional details can be found below, including the application links and timeline. The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program for consideration at the national level.

Check out the full list of Illinois honorees here.

Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Timeline & Application 
2022 Applications - NOW OPEN!Open October 1, 2021
-2022 PreK-12 Application
-2022 Post-Secondary Application
2022 Applications Due to Illinois Green AllianceJanuary 10, 2022
2022 Illinois Nominees Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education February 1, 2022
The U.S. Department of Education Announces 2022 National AwardeesSpring 2022
The U.S. Department of Education Hosts the 2022 National Award CeremonyFall 2022

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


Illinois Green Alliance is partnering up with the Environmental Education Association of Illinois for their 2022 Annual Conference. A new track of sessions highlighting green schools has been added. The 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Honoree from Illinois, Wheaton Christian Grammar School, will also be recognized during the conference.

The call for session proposals is open until 11/1! Share your school or organization’s journey to create healthy, sustainable learning environments with a focus on the three pillars of sustainable schools:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide effective environmental and sustainability education

Submit a proposal here.

Learn how you can attend, exhibit, or sponsor.