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Recognition

Has your Green Team completed an investigation? Are ready to celebrate their hard work?

Once your Green Team has completed an investigation, it's time to celebrate! KAEE can help you recognize your students and the whole team for the work they've done to help make their school a greener place. There are several ways to get the recognition your team deserves as an active participant in Kentucky Green Schools.

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KGS Recognition

Start by completing the Recognition Application form linked below. There are three levels of recognition reserved for Kentucky Green Schools. Select schools will be invited to a Green School showcase at the Outdoor Learning Symposium hosted annually in early June.

KGS of the Year

Annually, KAEE will recognize one school with its Kentucky Green School of the Year Award. Nominations open in February and close in April. The award winner will be recognized at our Outdoor Learning Symposium. Learn more about the nomination requirements below.

Green Ribbon Schools

Hosted by our partners at KEEC, ​the U.S. Green Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are exemplary in Reducing environmental impact and cost; Improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and; Providing effective environmental and sustainability education

KGS Recognition

Apply using the form below to be recognized for your Green Team's accomplishments. Take a look at the different levels of recognition to see which one you should apply for. The levels of recognition can be reached over the years; it certainly doesn't have to happen in a single school year! All levels will be recognized on the KGS website and with a printable certificate. Select teams will be invited to the KAEE Outdoor Learning Symposium for a showcase in early June. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and encourage others to make a difference too!

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KGS Levels of Recognition

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GREEN LEVEL

SILVER LEVEL

GOLD LEVEL

Complete one project and receive a green leaf level banner to display at school.

Complete two to four projects and receive a silver leaf level banner to display at school.

Complete all five projects and receive an in person presentation of your gold leaf level banner & full size KGS flag to display at school.

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MODEL GREEN SCHOOL

Complete all five KGS investigations and projects and continue to complete at least one new project per year with new or growing green teams. Receive an in person presentation of your model green school banner and plaque that can be added to each year thereafter. Model schools are also recognized as mentors to new schools beginning their green school programs and will be listed on the KGS website as a model, and serve as resources to the greater KGS community.

Kentucky Green School of the Year

KAEE is now accepting nominations for the Kentucky Green School of the Year! This award will be presented to the school with a green team that has gone above and beyond to complete one or more investigations and implement action projects to benefit their school and those who attend and work there. The winner will be recognized at the KAEE Outdoor Learning Symposium on May 30 at Northside Elementary in Midway, KY. 

 

Nominees must have…

  • Registered in the Kentucky Green School program

  • Formed a green team

  • Completed one or more of the KGS Investigations

  • Developed an action plan based on the results of their investigation

  • Submitted the KGS recognition form

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Nomination Deadline:
April 22

School administrators, staff, or community members aware of a Kentucky Green School that has completed the above requirements are invited to submit a nomination today. Members of a green team or the participating teacher are welcome to submit a self-nomination! Submit a nomination today at https://forms.gle/2HQEYvFXfnDVdeZFA.

Green Ribbon Schools

​​The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are exemplary in three pillars:

  • Reducing environmental impact and cost

  • 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.

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Kentucky Youth Awards Program (YAP) for Energy Achievement

Any Kentucky school who submits an energy investigation in either the KGS or KY NEED programs can receive mutual recognition and benefits from both programs. KY NEED hosts an annual Youth Awards Program (YAP) luncheon where student groups are recognized for the energy and environmental projects they have completed during the school year.  Contact Tyler Cvitkovic at tcvitkovic@need.org for more information

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This program is free to participate in thanks to our generous program sponsors.

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