The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools application is officially open!  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 is accepting 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 due Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  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 timeline and the applications for both Pre-K-12 and Post-Secondary schools can be found below.

Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Timeline & Application 
Applications OpenNow Open!
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 2020 National AwardeesSpring 2021
The U.S. Department of Education Hosts the 2020 National Award CeremonySummer 2021