Thank you for your interest in completing the Illinois application for nomination to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). In order to complete this application, you will need to collect data about your school's facility, health and safety policies; food service; and environmental and sustainability curriculum.

ED-GRS recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school. A comprehensive approach incorporates environmental learning with improving environmental and health impacts. Becoming a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School is a two-step process. The first step is to complete and submit this form to be selected as a nominee by an eligible nominating authority. The second step of the process requires signatures for the nominee package that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

ED selects honorees from those presented by eligible nominating authorities nationwide. Selection will be based on documentation of the applicant's high achievement in the three ED-GRS Pillars:

Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs.
Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of students and staff.
Pillar III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Schools demonstrating exemplary achievement in all three Pillars will receive highest rankings. It is important to document concrete achievement. It will help you to assemble a team to complete the application. This team might include: a facilities manager, physical education director, food services director, curriculum director, finance department representatives, teachers, and students. You should consult the ED-GRS resources page for standards, programs and grants related to each Pillar, Element and question. This is an excellent clearinghouse of resources for all schools, not just those who apply.

The questions in this application will help you demonstrate your high achievement in these Pillars, as well as, provide space for you to include pertinent documentation. You will receive points when you provide documentation for your answers. Applications are due by December 15, 2012.