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!

Additional details about the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools program 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 ApplicationsApplications are currently closed. Check back in fall for information about the 2023 applications.
2022 Applications Due to Illinois Green AllianceJanuary 24, 2022 at 5 PM
2022 Illinois Nominees Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education February 18, 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.

Registration is now open! Learn how you can attend, exhibit, or sponsor.