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The Kentucky Green Schools (KGS) program is designed to inspire students to develop environmentally friendly behavior and to feel empowered to take active steps toward creating a greener and healthier world—starting with their local environment at school. 

KGS is a joint program of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC). All grade levels of Kentucky public or private schools are invited to join KGS!  Schools are recognized for their efforts through award door plates, certificates, flags, and the invitation to present at KAEE’s annual Outdoor Learning Symposium. 

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KGS is a joint program of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE)

and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC).

Investigations are adapted from the PLT Green Schools program and the Kansas Green Schools program.


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How to Get Started

Check out this short video to learn more about how to get started and begin your journey to become a Kentucky Green School today!

Steps for Becoming a Kentucky Green School & Getting Recognized

  • Watch the video, How to Get Started!

  • Register as a Kentucky Green School

  • Become a KAEE Site Member (top right of the screen) 

  • Download the Investigation(s) - only available to registered schools and site members

  • Form a Green Team!

  • Complete the Investigation(s)

  • Submit project idea

  • Apply for funding (optional; as available)

  • Submit final report

  • Celebrate and get recognized!

Questions along the way? Connect with our team through our bookable calendar or email

Learn More! KGS Info Webinar

While inspiring environmentally friendly behavior and taking active steps toward creating a greener and healthier world - starting with their local environment at school, the Kentucky Green Schools program promotes eco-literacy, investigative skills, teamwork, leadership skills, and sustainability practices.


Check out the info webinar recording here >>

Register to Begin Your Green School Journey!

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Access the Investigations

If you haven't joined the KAEE Site, click Log In in the top right corner on the navigation menu. Becoming a KAEE site member is completely FREE.

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Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your account. Once your account is active, the KGS Coordinator will be in touch, and you'll then have access to the Investigations!  If you have any issues or questions, please don't hesitate to contact your KGS Coordinator, Katherine Bullock at

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The Investigations

Themed investigations help guide students through examining their school grounds and school’s energy use, waste and recycling, water consumption, and overall environmental quality. Learn more >>>



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School Environment

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School Site

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Waste & Recycling

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

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