The Green Ribbon Schools recognition award from the US Department of Education honors schools and school districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.
The recognition award is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.
In Delaware, the program is led by Green Building United, with support from the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). Further information, guidance, and forms to nominate schools or school districts are on the Green Building United website.
Green Building United (formerly Delaware Valley Green Building Council /DVGBC) is an independent nonprofit organization and an aligned chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. It works to foster transformative impact in communities through green building education and advocacy.
Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) is a non-profit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future through conservation, efficiency, and the use of renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal. Its model is the first of its kind to be established in the U.S.
Green Building United co-founded the Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program with the support of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. The Pathways Program supports schools that are committed to becoming more sustainable and energy efficient by providing financial incentives and volunteer support from subject matter experts.