Have you completed an investigation and are ready to celebrate your student’s hard work?
Once your Green Team has completed a project (or more), it's time to celebrate and get recognized for your hard work. Let’s recognize your students and the great job they have done to help make their school and curriculum greener and more sustainable. There are a few ways to get the recognition you deserve as a Kentucky Green Schools.
Apply 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. 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!
KGS Levels of Recognition
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.
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.
KAEE Excellence in EE Awards
Each year, KAEE awards one school the Outstanding PreK-12 School for Excellence in Environmental Education. Nominations are open from February through June. Award winners are recognized at the Annual KAEE Educators Conference in September.
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 email@example.com for more information.