North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools and districts 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 communicate practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as energy independence and economic security. ED-GRS began in the 2011-2012 school year. For the five years since, the annual award has been presented to 299 schools and 52 high-performing districts across the United States.

Five North Carolina Public Schools and two Districts have received the Green Ribbon Award nationally. 

If you have a school or district that you feel would be elligible contact the NCDPI Coordinator.  Deadline for the completed submittal to the NC Department of Education is January 16, 2017 for the 2016-17 ED-GRS School or District Award.   The links below will give you an overview of the program and assist in the preparation of the application subimttal.

For any questions email Ron Collier, NCDPI Green Ribbon Coordinator, at

2016-2017 Green Ribbon Schools

Other Resources

2017 GRS Program Overview

Informative overview of the Green Ribbon Schools (PDF)

2016 GRS Highlights of GRS Honorees

Resource of 2013 Highlights of the School and District Winners (PDF)

2017 GRS Submittal, Review and Awards Schedule

Schedule for Submittal, Review by NCDPI and Award by USED (PDF)

2016 GRS Award Winning Applications

Resource of Previous Year Winning Applications for Schools and Districts (PDF)

2017 GRS School Application

Download Application Format for Green Ribbon Schools (Word)

U. S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Link to the USED GRS Website.  Many Resources Available.

2017 GRS District Application

Download District Application for Green Ribbon Schools (Word)

NCDPI High Perfomance Schools

NCDPI High Performance Guidelines for Schools (PDF)

2017 GRS Program Framework

Framework Used for Review of Green Ribbon Schools (Excel)

N.C. Environmental Education

Link to NC Environmental Education and Certification Program