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Green Ribbon Schools Introduction presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>U.S. Department of Education launched its Green Ribbon Schools, the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. </li></ul><ul><li>The award acknowledges the work of schools in reaching high levels of achievement in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental impact and energy efficiency; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy environment; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental literacy. </li></ul></ul>What ’s New in Green Education?
  2. 3. <ul><li>Schools ’ and their occupants’ impact on the environment; </li></ul><ul><li>Schools ’ environmental and behavioral impact on occupants; and </li></ul><ul><li>How schools teach students about the environment and sustainability to prepare them for citizenship and employment in the 21st century. </li></ul>Put Another Way
  3. 4. <ul><li>Economic health and stability </li></ul><ul><li>Much needed improvements to school facilities create new jobs and save schools money. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students to participate in the green economy </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the nation's energy security </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve precious natural resources. </li></ul>A Means To Use Existing Resources to Achieve Current National Goals…
  4. 5. <ul><li>Student Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>fostering health, wellness and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>providing a well-rounded education, </li></ul><ul><li>increasing STEM skills, content knowledge and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>ensuring students ’ college and career preparedness </li></ul>… And School and Student goals
  5. 6. <ul><li>NOT an additional set of priorities for schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Connects schools with existing resources and standards that advance current goals. </li></ul><ul><li>High standards that advance current aims to cut costs, provide a well-rounded education, increase STEM skills and engagement, foster health and wellness and ensure students ’ preparedness for the 21st century economy. </li></ul>What Green Ribbon Is NOT
  6. 7. <ul><li>ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY </li></ul><ul><li>DOE EnergySmart Schools </li></ul><ul><li>DOE and EPA ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>DOE America ’ s Home Energy Education Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>DOE Purchasing Specifications for Energy Efficient Products </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Guidelines for Energy Management Overview </li></ul><ul><li>DOE State Energy Program </li></ul><ul><li>EPA WaterSense Do Something </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium for School Networking Initiative Green Computing for K-12 Schools </li></ul>What Are Some of Those Existing Resources and Standards?
  7. 8. <ul><li>ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION </li></ul><ul><li>DOT Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Routes to Schools </li></ul><ul><li>International Walk to School Month </li></ul><ul><li>Walking School Bus </li></ul><ul><li>RECYCLING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>EPA WasteWise </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Reducing Risk From Hazardous Waste </li></ul><ul><li>CDC Hazardous Waste Self-Management Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>BUILDING DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Energy Design Guide for 50% energy savings in K-12 schools </li></ul><ul><li>USGBC Center for Green School Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative for High Performance Schools </li></ul><ul><li>American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Green Standard </li></ul><ul><li>Green Building Initiative Green Globes </li></ul><ul><li>AIR QUALITY </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Assessing Outdoor Air Near Schools </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Clean School Bus USA </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Healthy Schools Environments Assessment Tool </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Managing Asthma in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>CDC Tools for Making Your School Asthma-Friendly </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Contaminant Management EPA Buy Clean </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Integrated Pest Management for Schools </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Radon Information </li></ul><ul><li>CDC Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Managing Asbestos in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Proper Maintenance, Removal and Disposal of PCB-Containing Lights </li></ul><ul><li>CDC Underground Storage Tank Self-Inspection Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Schools and Mercury </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Nutrition and Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>The First Lady ’s Let’s Move! </li></ul><ul><li>The President ’s Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>USDA ’s HealthierUS School Challenge, Garden School Program , Agriculture In the Classroom and Farm to School Program . </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities Partnership for A Healthier America </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for a Healthier Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Wood Johnson Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>PreventObesity </li></ul><ul><li>Green Thumb Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Schools Campaign, School Food and Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>National Healthy Schools Day </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><ul><li>Teaching and Learning Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EPA Student's Guide to Global Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DOE EnergyKids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EPA Climate Change: What You Can Do At School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EPA Energy Star Join the Fight Against Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DOE H2 Educate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Energy Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STEM Content Knowledge and Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>White House Educate to Innovate </li></ul><ul><li>DOE STEM Teacher Development </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Environmental Education </li></ul><ul><li>ED Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, Environment </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Climate Services: Education </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA B-WET </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Environmental Education Grants </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>EPA President ’ s Environmental Youth Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-Schools USA </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Net Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li>National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Project Learning Tree ’ s Green Schools! </li></ul><ul><li>Facing the Future's Curriculum and Lesson Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for Climate Education </li></ul><ul><li>Green Education Foundation Sustainability Education Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><li>National Resources Defense Council Green Squad </li></ul><ul><li>Kids for Saving the Earth Program List </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Connecting to Local Outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>National Park Service Education Resources </li></ul><ul><li>National Wildlife Federation How To Create Schoolyard Habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on the Land </li></ul><ul><li>School Garden Wizard </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators </li></ul><ul><li>And these are just some of the resources, standards, programs and grants! </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Public request to EPA, ED and White House </li></ul><ul><li>Concept launch with heads of EPA, ED and CEQ in April 2011, indicating the pilot year cohort would be named in spring 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer developing award criteria and nomination infrastructure, consulting with associations, states, national and local NGOs, school communities, technical experts, the public, and numerous federal partners. </li></ul>Let ’s Look at How and Why Green Ribbon Schools Came to Be
  15. 16. <ul><li>Campaign for Environmental Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Green Building Council </li></ul><ul><li>Earth Day Network </li></ul><ul><li>National Wildlife Federation </li></ul><ul><li>National Education Association </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Schools Campaign </li></ul>Which Are the Non Governmental Entities That Support This?
  16. 17. <ul><li>National Audubon Society </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance to Save Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Economy Network </li></ul><ul><li>Green Schools Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>BlueGreen Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Project Learning Tree </li></ul><ul><li>The Need Project </li></ul><ul><li>Emerald Cities Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>No Child Left Inside Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>National Environmental Education Foundation </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Green Education Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Council for Education Facilities Planners International </li></ul><ul><li>Facing The Future </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Law Institute </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Teachers Association </li></ul><ul><li>National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Grades of Green </li></ul><ul><li>National Caucus of Environmental Legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Information and Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for Climate Education </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Energy Service Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Information and Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>American Federation of Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>And these are just some of the entities that support your efforts! </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Encourages state education authorities and school communities to implement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy and resource conservation measures that provide opportunities for school-wide savings, job creation and reduced environmental impact; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental and behavioral changes that promote health and productivity; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental education to ensure learning about key social, economic and ecological relationships, reinforce STEM and develop civic engagement skills. </li></ul></ul>  What Green Ribbon Schools Does
  20. 21. <ul><li>Recognizes schools that meet a variety of existing standards, implementing or employing numerous complementary policies and resources. </li></ul><ul><li>A nation-wide recognition award, not a grant. </li></ul><ul><li>Incents change by communicating high standards and recognizing the most exemplary schools or individuals according to specified criteria. </li></ul>How Green Ribbon Schools Works
  21. 22. <ul><li>Schools must be nominated by their state chief education officer and cannot apply directly to ED . </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanism for private schools, BIE and DOD. </li></ul><ul><li>State education authorities evaluate schools based on 3 ‘Pillars’ </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with federal, state and local civil rights, health, safety and environmental laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on their evaluation, state authorities send nominees to ED. </li></ul>Selecting Green Ribbon Schools
  22. 23. <ul><li>Each state ≤ 4 schools. </li></ul><ul><li>≥ 1 school with at least 40 percent of their students from a disadvantaged background. </li></ul><ul><li>1 possible private school nomination. </li></ul><ul><li>ED will select approximately 50 award winners in this pilot year. </li></ul>Selection Continued
  23. 24. Timeframe for Pilot <ul><li>November:     State authorities are encouraged to notify USED of their plans to nominate schools by the 22 nd . </li></ul><ul><li>Nov-Dec:     Nominating Authorities issue their processes and support materials for soliciting and selecting nominees for submission to ED. </li></ul><ul><li>Dec- Mar:    States receive applications for nomination to USED (Exact deadline set by each state nominating authority) </li></ul>Timeframe
  24. 25. <ul><li>March:  States submit nominees to ED for the Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. (Date to be indicated to states by USED) </li></ul><ul><li>April:  Earth Day Week – USED announces winners. </li></ul><ul><li>May:   USED hosts national recognition award ceremony.  Local ceremonies are scheduled for fall 2012 at winning schools. </li></ul>Timeframe Continued
  25. 26. <ul><li>Because state authorities ’ participation in the Green Ribbon Schools recognition award is voluntary, a state’s decision as to whether to participate in the pilot year depends on hearing from interested school communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Ribbon Schools recognition award is not yet a certainty in every state, but can become a reality with schools ’ help in asking that their state participate in nominating schools to ED. </li></ul>How Can I Help?
  26. 27. <ul><li>Contact Your State Education Chief: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Who Do I Contact to Participate!
  27. 28. Additional Information <ul><li>Website . </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook .   </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] . </li></ul>