On January 9th, 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) launched the first Illinois Green Ribbon Schools awards program, recognizing schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education.
Illinois joins 32 other states participating in the pilot federal Green Ribbon Schools award program to commend the most green and healthy schools in the nation. In Governor announcing the program's extension into Illinois, Governor Quinn credited the collaborative efforts of various agencies including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, and ISBE.
Applications for nominating Illinois schools can be found on the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools page at http://www.isbe.net/green_ribbon. Illinois will announce its nominees in March. Following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of winners in April 2012, there will be an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in late May 2012. The national ceremony will be followed by local ceremonies at each of the winning schools in fall 2012. For more information about the federal Green Ribbon Schools program, visit the Green Ribbon Schools page of the U.S. Department of Education.
A full press release is available here. Visit ISBE's site for more information.