New in 2013-14 is the inaugural California Green Ribbon Schools Award (CA-GRS). Using the applications submitted for nomination to the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition program, the California Department of Education (CDE) will recognize public schools and school districts across the state for environmental excellence and demonstrated achievement of the three Pillars of ED-GRS.
No application is required for CA-GRS. All complete ED-GRS applications of public schools and school districts will be automatically considered for the state award.
ED-GRS applicants will be recognized as California Green Ribbon Schools in the following manner:
- Bronze Level: Achievement of 55.0 - 64.9%
- Silver Level: Achievement of 65.0 - 74.9%
- Gold Level: Achievement of 75% or better
- Green Achievers: The highest achievement, given to the ED-GRS nominees
The first cohort of CA-GRS will be announced by Superintendent Torlakson in February 2014.