Maryland Green Ribbon Schools

MSDE logo with Maryland Green Ribbon Schools logo

The Green Ribbon Schools award is given to select schools across the nation that The U.S. Department of Education (USED) recognizes as schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.

Inspiring schools to achieve 21st Century excellence, the Green Ribbon Schools award will recognize schools that have achieved, or are making demonstrable progress toward:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

These three "Pillars" of the Green Ribbon Schools Award will serve as guideposts to make schools more productive, enriching, and efficient.

In addition to nominating schools for the award, Maryland will nominate one school district to be recognized for its efforts to achieve excellence in the three Pillars.

Maryland Application Materials


Maryland Application for District Award


Award Evaluation Criteria and Resources


USED information



Maryland's participation in this award program is part of a larger USED effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide initiative to increase energy independence and economic security.


Contact Information
Donna Balado, Environmental Literacy Specialist, Science
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0323
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: donna.balado@maryland.gov