Nevada Green Ribbon Schools


The Governor’s Office of Energy, Nevada Department of Health and Nevada Department of Education are collaborating with U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award to honor Nevada public and private elementary, middle, high schools, districts and higher education programs demonstrating progress in three Pillars: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and 3) providing effective sustainability education.

    PILLAR I: Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs

    The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy is the lead regarding Pillar I. This office and partners like Environlution, Green Chips and NV Energy will collaborate with schools in order to provide the following information during the application process: 1) school site construction year and information regarding recent renovations, 2) % of school’s energy from on-site and purchased renewable energy, 3) water use, 4) per capita waste generation, hazardous and otherwise, 5) sustainable paper use, and 6) transportation impacts.

      PILLAR II: Improving Health and Wellness

      The School Health Program Coordinator, under the Bureau of Child, Family and Community Wellness at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, has taken the lead for Pillar II of the Nevada Green Ribbon Schools Initiative. Under Pillar II, schools will have the opportunity to improve indoor environmental quality, health and wellness opportunities including: nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Multiple supporting stakeholders have expressed interest in helping schools meet the qualifications it takes to become a Green Ribbon School. For example, Washoe County and Southern Nevada Health District have programs to increase opportunities for healthy nutrition and physical activity in schools.

      Interested schools will receive support from the School Health Program Coordinator, including technical assistance to school administration, professional development and resources to acquire funding opportunities for their school district. In addition, all school districts are required to have three wellness goals to reach for their local school wellness policy that they could align with becoming a Green Ribbon School. The Nevada Green Ribbon Schools Initiative will increase awareness of resources available to schools to improve the health and well-being of staff and students.

        PILLAR III: Providing Effective Environmental Education

        Nevada Department of Education (NDE), in collaboration with the Nevada Health Department and the Governor’s Office of Energy, is a lead partner for Nevada Green Ribbon Schools. NDE is the lead partner for Pillar III, which focuses on providing effective sustainability education. Schools will have the opportunity to work with entities such as the Desert Research Institute, the NV STEM Advisory Council, Sierra Nevada Journeys, and Sustainable Nevada to receive support and technical assistance in order to this Pillar. Under Pillar III, Nevada’s Green Ribbon Schools will: 

        • Provide interdisciplinary learning about the key relationships between dynamic environmental, energy, and human systems
        • Use environment and sustainability knowledge to develop STEM content knowledge and thinking skills to prepare graduates for the 21st century technology-driven economy
        • Develop civic engagement knowledge and skills and students’ application of such knowledge and skills to address sustainability issues in their community

          Application Process

          Applications are due by January 10, 2022. We will select nominees and submit them to the U.S. Department of Education by February 1, 2022. USDOE will announce honorees annually on Earth Day, April 22nd. The honorees are invited to attend the Nevada Department of Education MEGA conference and receive recognition as a Green Ribbon School. Schools receiving national recognition are invited to a national ceremony in the summer where they receive a sustainable plaque and flag.

          If you have any questions, please contact André DeLeón, K-12 of the Nevada Department of Education, at or (775) 687-5934.