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Green Ribbon Schools Nomination

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Requirements for Nomination | Selection Process | Forms

Submission | Scoring

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school using these three pillars: 1) reduced environmental impacts and costs; 2) improved health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and 3) effective environmental and sustainability education.


Requirements for nomination


Selection Process



Nomination Form

The nomination form is a document. Open it up and save it as a document with the name: "GRS2019nomination-your school".

Use the information from your Missouri Green Schools Level I, II and III forms to fill it in.

If you have not already completed the MGS Level I and II forms, your school is not eligible to apply for USED Green Ribbon Schools nomination. However, you may submit these forms with the GRS nomination form by the January 5 deadline to be considered. It would be even better if these forms were submitted as soon as they were completed.

When the nomination form is completed, save it as a document and return it by email to Jan Weaver at

Nomination Form


Nominee Presentation Form
(this is different from the Nomination Form)

To submit a nomination, a school needs to fill out this document and obtain signatures from the school principal and their district superintendent. It should be saved as a document with the name: "GRS2019presentation-your school" and returned by email to Jan Weaver at This needs to be submitted at the same time as the Nomination Form.

Nominee Presentation Form




Email both the Nomination Presentation Form and the Nomination Form to Jan Weaver at on or before midnight January 5, 2019. Both need to be submitted as documents.

All applicants will be notified on or before February 15 about their nomination to the USED GRS program.


Scoring Guide

This scoring guide will be used by the people evaluating the nomination forms in order to select schools for consideration of nomination.

In addition to the scores, the committee selecting nominees will also consider how well all three pillars are represented, and how innovative the the school's efforts are given its particular circumstances.

Lastly, due to USED requirements, only one private school may be nominated, and at least one public school with a 40% disadvantaged population needs to be nominated for every two schools with fewer disadvantaged students. This second point means that we are somewhat limited by the number of schools with disadvantaged populations that apply.