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All public and private schools in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for the USDE Green Ribbon Schools Building Award. This includes charter schools, career and technical centers, and those educational schools operated by intermediate units. School districts in Pennsylvania with multiple buildings are eligible to apply for the USDE Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Institutions of higher education may also apply for the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

Pennsylvania is permitted to nominate as many as five Pre-K-12 schools or districts to the USDE. Additionally, Pennsylvania may nominate one institution of higher education for progress in all three Pillars. All schools, school districts, colleges, and universities must meet college and career ready standards, be in compliance with federal civil rights laws, and comply with all federal, state, and local health and safety standards and regulations. From the schools, districts, and institutions of higher education nominated by Pennsylvania, the USDE will announce all awardees in the spring of each year.

Eligibility requirements by ED-GRS can be located on US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools website.

For an application to be considered, it must be completed online and submitted to PDE by 6:00PM on Friday, January 10, 2020.  Submittals to PDE via other methods will not be accepted.  Applications will be available September of each year.

Contact the following individual for more information:

Tamara E. Peffer: