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2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards


2015 Oregon Sustainable School Awards


Applications are being accepted now from Oregon K-12 schools and districts!

Apply by January 12th.

Choose from the links to the right to download details and the application.

2015 Schedule:

Nov 10 Info Call 1: 4pm-4:30pm, details below
Nov 18 Info Call 2: 4pm-4:30pm, details below
Dec 3 Info Call 3: 4pm-4:30pm, details below
Nov 21 Intent-to-apply deadline (encouraged, but not required)
Jan 12, 2015 Oregon applications due
End of Feb Announce Oregon award winners
April 22 U.S. Dept. of Education announces 2015 Green Ribbon awardees 
July Green Ribbon Award ceremony in Washington DC

Information Calls

A series of calls is planned for those who want more details. It is not necessary to join, though we encourage you to do so for the Nov 18th call which will focus on Pillar 3 – Education.

Info Call 1: November 10, 4pm-4:30pm

Presentation Summary
Agenda: Welcome from ODE, Quick overview of awards, sharing about the experience from past applicants (Jesuit High School and Willamette High School) plus Q and A.

Info Call 2: Tuesday, November 18th, 4pm-4:30pm

Presentation Summary
Agenda: Quick overview of awards, tips and info specific to Pillar 3 (Education) from two previous years’ judges plus Q and A.

Info Call 3: Wednesday, December 3, 4pm-4:30pm

Dial: 1-857-232-0300, Access Code: 845538
Formal time to ask any lingering questions you might have.

One-on-One Assistance

Any time after expressing intent to apply, upon request we can visit you on-site and/or work with you by phone to review your particular school/district progress, discuss the application and help you identify resources. Contact Lori, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Awards Overview

Oregon’s Sustainable School Awards program offers a set of state awards to public and private K-12 schools based on their progress within four “Pillars” of sustainability:

  1. Environmental Impacts
  2. Healthy, Safe Students and Staff
  3. Education for Sustainability
  4. Social Sustainability

It also identifies nominees for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (GRS) Program, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for progress within Pillars 1-3. See Green Ribbon School details on the U.S. Department of Education website.

The Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) partner to offer these awards in Oregon.

Specifics of each year’s award program and application process are detailed in Part 1 of the application materials.

Any school or district can apply! All public, charter, magnet and private K-12 schools in Oregon are invited to apply. Districts serving more than 1 school are invited to apply for the district award.

2014 Award Winners

2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award winners from Oregon

  • Jesuit High School (Portland)
  • Willamette High School (Bethel SD)

Press and further info:
Full listing of 2014 Green Ribbon honorees nationally
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune

2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award winners

   2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award

  • Willamette High School, Bethel School District

   2014 Oregon Pillar 1 Award: Environmental Impacts

   2014 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students & Staff

  • Willamette High School, Bethel School District (application)

   2014 Oregon Pillar 3 Award: Education for Sustainability

  • Trillium Creek Primary, West Linn-Wilsonville School District (application)

Thank you to the 19 topic specialists who helped to score the applications!


Oregon Department of Education press release
The Oregonian

2013 Award Winners

2013 Oregon Sustainable School Award:

· Jackson Elementary (Medford School District)

2013 Oregon Pillar 1 Award: Environmental Impacts:

None selected

2013 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students and Staff

· Meriwether Lewis Elementary (Portland Public Schools), co-winner

· Oak Creek Elementary (Lake Oswego School District), co-winner

2013 Oregon Pillar 3 Award: Education for Sustainability: Environmental and Social Literacy

· Jesuit High School (Portland)

2013 Oregon Pillar 4 Award: Social Sustainability

· Jackson Elementary (Medford School District)

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Recognition:

No Oregon nominees in 2013.

See ODE press release
See Oregonian article

2012 Award Winners

2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Winners from Oregon

Catlin Gabel School (Portland), Gladstone High School (Gladstone), Sunnyside Environmental School (Portland), and Willamina Elementary School (Willamina).

2012 Oregon Sustainable School Award Winners

1st Place 2012 Oregon Sustainable School: Willamina Elementary School, Willamina School District

2nd Place 2012 Oregon Sustainable School: Catlin Gable School, Portland.

Winners within the individual pillars are:
Pillar 1 – Minimizing Environmental Impacts

  • Catlin Gabel School, Portland (winner)
  • Spencer Butte Middle School, Eugene School District (honorable mention)

Pillar 2 – Supporting Healthy, Safe Students

  • Gladstone High School, Gladstone School District (winner)

Pillar 3 – Educating for Sustainability

  • Sunnyside Environmental School, Portland Public Schools (winner)
  • Jesuit High School, Portland (honorable mention)

Pillar 4 – Social Sustainability

  • Willamina Elementary, Willamina School District (winner)
  • Rosland Elementary, Bend-LaPine School District (honorable mention)