The following are award and recognition programs specific to schools and the environment.

Green Ribbon Schools Award Program 

In conjunction with the US Department of Education, the California Department of Education (CDE) is implementing a Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. This program recognizes schools that are taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school. For more information about this year’s program, see CDE’s page on the 2016 National Green Ribbon Selectees.

California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge 

The California Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their school communities. The annual competition is scheduled to run from March 1st through March 31st! View the 2016 list of winners

USDA Food Waste Challenge K-12 Schools 

As part of US EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, schools pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. To register your school as a participant, complete and submit online application form. The list of participants, including K-12 Schools, is updated quarterly. 

Green Schools Initiative’s Green Star Schools Program

The purpose of the Green Star Schools Program is to honor, support, and recognize the important work that teachers, schools, and districts are doing to advance environmental sustainability; to create healthy and vibrant work and learning communities that enhance academic performance; and to foster intellectual growth, creativity, and innovation through an experiential program where students learn environmental stewardship and take action to reduce the school's environmental footprint.

California School Boards Association Golden Bell Awards

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. The program includes an Sustainable, Renewable, Energy and Resource Efficient Programs category.

Go Green Initiative

The Go Green Initiative is a global environmental education program that trains teachers and volunteers in schools to conserve natural resources for future generations and protect human health through environmental stewardship. We provide free and continual instruction for volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and 73 countries, teaching them to integrate environmental education into existing curriculum and quantify the environmental impact of their conservation efforts.

Eco-Schools USA

National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

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