Utah Green Schools


Interested in becoming a Utah Green School?


What is Utah Green Schools?

Does your school engage in sustainability efforts or integrate environmental education? If so, you are likely eligible to be recognized as a Utah Green School! UGS 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. You can preview the application here. Your school is likely already engaged in many of these efforts and participating in UGS is a way to be recognized for these achievements. If your school is going above and beyond, you can also consider submitting an application for recognition as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.  

2023-2023 Utah Green Schools Timeline - Here's How to Apply! 

  • The application is now available! The application consists of a questionnaire and narrative document. You can request an application now through March 1, 2023 by filling out this form. 

  • Once you have the application, USEE staff is here to support you as you complete the required documentation. For more information, review the detailed step-by-step information below. 

  • USEE will offer monthly webinars to offer additional support and resources. 

  • To be considered as a Department of Education Green Ribbon School, your application must be received by January 31, 2023

  • All Utah Green Schools applications are due by April 30,2023. 

  • All applicants will be notified of their status by May 5, 2023.

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?

Becoming a Utah Green School or U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School has numerous benefits. Schools engaged in green school efforts may have the opportunity to: 

  • Reduce operational costs 

  • Promote the health and education of students

  • Provide students leadership and mentoring opportunity

  • Conserve limited resources

  • Strengthen your community

  • Connect to your environment

Step-by-Step Process

  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. Indicate your intent to apply by filling out this form and we'll send you the application. Please ensure that you indicate your intent to apply as we will share resources and additional webinars will all applicants. 

  4. Start by filling out the questionnaire. If you score a minimum of 25 points you'll be recognized as a Utah Green School. If you find that your scores are above 25 please let us know as you may be eligible for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School recognition. 

  5. After you fill out the questionnaire, complete the narrative application. Answers may be brief, but this helps us understand the scope of green school activities happening in schools across the state of Utah and let's us communicate your successes with the community. 

  6. Contact Cristina Barrera at any time with questions, . USEE is here to help you succeed!