In our expanding efforts to educate schools for sustainability and conservation, NJ Audubon is pleased to support the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program in New Jersey. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes public and private K-12 schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff;
  • Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways …MORE

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), New Jersey Audubon (NJA), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), are the primary leadership organizations in the state that are implementing the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) program. Their combined efforts, along with many other affiliate groups, actively promote the GRS recognition program to all schools in state. The core committee also acts as the Nomination Committee to identify up to five schools that the NJDOE will nominate to the US Education Department to receive a GRS award.

The 2017-2018 application is now available!

The 2017-2018 application is now available! Before applying, email a Letter of Intent to participate in the NJ GRS program to allison.mulch@njaudubon.org by November 17, 2017.

To apply, download and complete a K-12 school application. Send completed applications toallison.mulch@njaudubon.org by December 15, 2017. For a district application, please contact Allison Mulch directly at 609-897-9400 x 103.

The New Jersey DOE can nominate up to five schools to the U.S. Department of Education (USED). Upon review of the applications, the USED will award Green Ribbons to schools that meet and exemplify the program criteria. School awardees will be announced in April 2018 and recognized at a national ceremony in Summer of 2018. The nominated New Jersey schools will be recognized at a statewide conference in the Spring of 2018, and will be asked to present a summary of their achievements.

(Please note that the U.S. Department of Education has not officially confirmed that the ED-GRS Program will be held in 2018. The State of New Jersey will still conduct the GRS Program as usual. If the ED does not participate, the State of New Jersey will still honor the applicants who are selected by the New Jersey Selection Committee.)