The program will recognize schools that have significantly reduced their environmental impact, increased energy efficiency, positively impacted the health of students and staff, and graduated students who are environmentally-minded and sustainability literate.
Schools must submit their intent to apply by October 15, and file their applications by December 14. A Hawaii selection committee will nominate four schools to represent Hawaii in the national competition by February 2013. The U.S. DOE will announce national winners at an awards ceremony on June 3, 2013, in Washington D.C.
The application process is designed to encourage schools to evaluate their operations against national and local best practices.
The Green Ribbon Schools recognition award is part of a larger U.S. DOE effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.
Last year, Ewa Makai Middle and Hawaii Preparatory Academy, a private school, were among 78 schools nationally selected by the U.S. DOE as winners of the inaugural Green Ribbon Schools program. National winners may not reapply for the program for at least three years.
As many as 40 states intend to participate in this year’s program.
Schools interested in applying should e-mail Gilbert Chun, Auxiliary Services Branch Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.