Posted: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 3:36pm Updated: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 1:09pm

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.

The Indiana Department of Education congratulates Hamilton Southeastern Schools for receiving the 2020 U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award. Winning applications can be found here.

Indiana’s Green Ribbon Schools Program

The Indiana Green Ribbon Schools program highlights schools in Indiana that educate students about human environmental impact on their communities. Students are involved in the process of “going green.” Any school may apply, and applicants for the program are chosen based upon three pillars:

  • Pillar One: Reduce Environmental Impact & Costs
  • Pillar Two: Improve the Health and Wellness of Students
  • Pillar Three: Provide Effective Environmental & Sustainability Education, Incorporating STEM, Civic Skills, and Green Career Pathways

All Indiana public, charter, non-public, and post-secondary institutions may apply to become a Green Ribbon School as designated by the United States Department of Education.  The application process for all institutions begins with the next three links below:

The following are guidelines that pertain to the specific type of institution applying for the Green Ribbon Awards program.  Follow the form that aligns with your institution.  These forms require additional signatures and accompany the ED-GRS Criteria and Guidelines and ED-GRS Application Template.

Application packets will be submitted to Matt Walsh, IDOE Academic Specialist, via email:  Please see deadlines below.


Dates Actions
September 11, 2020 IDOE opens application process and begins accepting applications.
December 3, 2020 IDOE closes application process; applications due to IDOE; submit to
January 5, 2021

IDOE nominated schools contacted; next steps issued to nominated schools.

January 20, 2021

Nominated schools send IDOE revised applications.

February 1, 2021

IDOE submits final nominated applications to ED-GRS.


2020 Award Winners

  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools

2019 Award Winners

  • Goshen Community Schools

2017 Award Winners

  • Burris Laboratory School
  • Bethany Christian Schools

2015 Award Winner

  • Columbus North High School

2014 Award Winner

  • Carmel High School and St. Thomas Aquinas

2013 Award Winner

  • Guion Creek Middle School from the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township