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CA Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program


Does your school offer an exceptional model for whole-school sustainability, including healthy food and nutrition, health and wellness, and school gardens? If so, then consider applying for the California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS) recognition program.

The purpose of this program is to honor excellence in whole-school sustainability while spotlighting replicable best practices.

Eligibility

Eligible award recipients include school districts, county offices of education, kindergarten through grade twelve public and private schools, and early education centers. Participation in the CA-GRS recognition program is optional.

Applications

Interested parties can complete a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools application interest survey.

Deadline

The deadline to submit completed applications for School Year 2021–22 is November 12, 2021.

Recognition

Each awardee will receive recognition on the California Department of Education website and a GRS plaque. Five honorees will earn a nomination for additional recognition by the Secretary of Education as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Award winners.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the GRS Program, including resources, frequently asked questions, an informational webinar, Green Ribbon program updates via email notification and more, visit the CA-GRS web page.

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the School Facilities and Transportation Division and CA-GRS team email at greenribbonschools@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 29, 2021
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