Utah Green Schools

The 2020-2021 Utah Green Schools Application will be available on October 1st. You can sign up to join us for our UGS Kick-Off here. We are also able to submit nominees for the Department of Education Green Ribbon School designation. For information on the application, see "How to Participate" below, or contact us.

What is Utah Green Schools?

Utah Green Schools recognizes and inspires 21st-century sustainable practices in Utah schools, including environmental literacy, health and wellness, and building facilities.

Our program is aligned with nationally recognized partners including the Department of Education National Green Ribbon Schools, Green Schools Alliance, Project Learning Tree GreenSchools and the NAAEE.

The application is organized into the three components of schools: reduced environmental impacts and costs, improved health and wellness of schools, students and staff, and effective environmental and sustainability education. These 3 components are the foundation of the Reporting Metrics we are using for the Portfolio Form that Utah Green Schools are required to complete.

The Project Learning Tree GreenSchools Investigations inspire students as leaders in the quest to take responsibility for improving the environment at their school, home and in their community. The nationwide environmental service-learning program helps improve students’ academic performance in STEM subjects and prepares them for the globally competitive 21st-century workplace. It provides teachers and students with training and resources to create healthier schools – and save money.

Who Should Participate?

What are you doing to green your school? What would you like to do? This project is targeted to reach schools, school districts, parents, and their greater communities spanning the state of Utah. Whether you have been implementing green practices at your school for years or you are new to the idea, we want you to apply.

Why Utah Green Schools?

  • Reduce operational costs of your school
  • Promote the health and education of students
  • Provide students leadership and mentoring opportunity
  • Conserve limited resources
  • Strengthen your community
  • Connect to your environment
  • Create a stronger state EE Network among schools & community partners

How To Participate

  1. Set up a team for your school. Ideally, your team will include an educator, an administrator, and folks who handle facility operations, health, food, and PE. For middle and high schools, representatives from a student organization are also important. Our new application takes a more comprehensive approach to evaluation, and the knowledge and expertise of many different people are needed and will make your application stronger.
  2. Choose a lead person to handle the documentation and paperwork.
  3. Enroll in Utah Green Schools and indicate your intent to apply.
  4. Once you enroll, you will receive a tracking tool/matrix and instructions for your portfolio (your application) as well as a few helpful resources. This year, we will accept a narrative application so we can more easily share your accomplishments and stories. On the matrix, begin by answering questions in the "Emerging" column of the spreadsheet. See if there are any areas where you might already be "Progressing" or "Advanced" and answer those questions. Set a few goals around what you would like to accomplish and identify individuals who may need to be a part of this process.
  5. When you are able to check all the requirements for "Emerging" and over half the requirements for "Progressing" in each pillar, your school can be considered for nomination as a Green Ribbon School. For 2019-2020, only current Utah Green Schools are invited to participate in this process. We will open this application to all schools for the 2020-21 school year.
  6. Contact Alex Porpora at any time with questions, . USEE is here to help you succeed!
  7. You can help support Utah Green Schools by making a donation or becoming a USEE Member. A suggested donation of $35 goes a long way to helping support the Utah Green Schools Program. You can visit our membership page for more information.