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