Green Schools National Network is excited to partner again with the Center for Green Schools at USGBC to co-present the Best of Green Schools 2020.

The Best of Green Schools celebrates the hard work being done—by people, schools, campuses, and organizations—to advance our shared vision for green schools. If you or someone you know is making significant strides toward creating green, healthy, and sustainable schools, we want to hear from you! The 2019 honorees included a student-led wetland restoration project in New York that was conducted in collaboration with the people of the Cayuga Nation and a university environmental studies program in Nebraska that empowers high school students to reduce the environmental impacts of K-12 school buildings.

The call for nominations closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 18, 2019. You are welcome to submit nominations for yourself or others.

Winners will be announced and awarded in 10 categories at the 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo, to be held March 2 – 4, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. This annual gathering of leaders and innovators in the green schools movement is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the leadership embodied by awardees.

After you submit your nomination, be sure to register to attend the conference so you’ll be on hand in Portland to see (or receive!) the awards during the ceremony.

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 Ed 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 promoting green schools 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.

Michele Curreri Collaborator Award: Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement. This is presented in memory of Michele Curreri, beloved friend and colleague from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division. With this award, we commemorate her lifelong dedication to promoting healthy school environments through collaboration.

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 and impacted the green schools movement on a national level.