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 2021 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program are currently closed. Please check back again in fall for the 2022 awards program. 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 
2021 ApplicationsCurrently Closed
Applications Due to Illinois Green AllianceFebruary 8, 2021
2021 Illinois Nominees Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education March 1, 2021
The U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National AwardeesSpring 2021
The U.S. Department of Education Hosts the 2021 National Award CeremonyFall 2021

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