The Best of Green Schools Awards celebrate the hard work being done—by people, schools, campuses and organizations—to push the green schools movement forward. View the 2021 finalists to get inspired for this year’s award ceremony.
The 2023 winners will be congratulated at the in-person 2023 Green Schools Conference, to be held Feb. 27 through March 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Green Schools Conference is the only event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in schools—and it is the perfect place to honor our awardees.
If you or someone you know has made an impact advancing green schools this year, submit an award nomination by 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 28.
After you submit your nomination, register to attend the conference in New Orleans, so that you can see (or receive!) an award at the ceremony luncheon.
Categories and criteria
- K–12 School: Recognizing schools that have consistently modeled exemplary green school practices and shared what they have learned with external communities.
- School System: Recognizing school systems and districts that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.
- Higher Education Institution: Recognizing higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K–12 green schools movement through partnership, research and/or scholarship.
- Policy Maker: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting policies at the local, state or federal level that support the necessary systemic change to ensure that all children can attend a green school.
- Ambassador: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in partnering with schools to promote sustainability in K–12 classroom settings and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more sustainable future.
- Michelle Curreri Collaborator Award: Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.
- Student Leader: Recognizing K–12 students who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting improvements to their schools and communities.
- Business Leader: Recognizing private sector organizations and individuals who have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.
- Transformation: Recognizing investments of time, energy and resources to transform a school, school community, event or policy into an exemplary model for the green schools movement.
- Moment for the Movement: Recognizing events, initiatives or happenings that significantly advanced the green schools movement nationally or internationally.