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


2015 Oregon Sustainable School Awards


The 2015 Application Materials will be posted Monday, October 20th.

2015 Schedule:

Nov 3 - Dec 5 Informational Calls, details to come
Nov 17 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

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)

2015 Application Materials:

Part 1: General Information

Part 2: School Application

Part 3: Potential Metrics

Resource Page


Part 2 for School Districts:

District Application


Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

US Dept of Education GreenStrides Page (Resources and Webinars)


For further info contact:

Lori Stole

Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative

Brian Reeder

Oregon Department of Education