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2020-2021 Alabama Green Ribbon Schools (AL-GRS)

Awards to Alabama Schools, School Districts, and IHEs
for Promoting Environmental Stewardship and Wellness

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Awards to Alabama preK-12 schools, school districts, and IHEs to recognize outstanding efforts to promote environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and sustainability practices. Eligible awardees are those that demonstrate responsible stewardship of the state's natural resources, promote the safety and wellness of children and adults, and encourage an appreciation of the state's rich natural heritage.

AL-GRS mirrors the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) in recognizing preK-12 schools and IHE that show exemplary dedication to the following three pillars:

  • Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs.
  • Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of students and staff.
  • Pillar III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163747

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AL-GRS will award up to 5 PK-12 schools and districts and a single IHE each year. All Alabama Green Ribbon Schools are nominated to ED-GRS by the state nominating authority.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Alabama preK-12 schools, districts, and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

If selected for nomination to ED-GRS, the school principal and district superintendent must be prepared to certify that each of the statements below concerning the school’s eligibility and compliance with the following requirements is true; however, in no case is a private school required to make any certification with regard to the public school district in which it is located.
1. The school has some configuration that includes one or more of grades Pre-K-12.
2. The school has been evaluated and selected from among schools within the Nominating Authority’s jurisdiction as highest achieving in the three ED-GRS Pillars.
3. Neither the nominated public school nor its public school district is refusing the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) access to information necessary to investigate a civil rights complaint or to conduct a district wide compliance review.
4. OCR has not issued a violation letter of findings to the public school district concluding that the nominated public school or the public school district as a whole has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes. A violation letter of findings will not be considered outstanding if OCR has accepted a corrective action plan to remedy the violation.
5. The U.S. Department of Justice does not have a pending suit alleging that the public school or the public school district as a whole has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes or the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
6. There are no findings of violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in a U.S. Department of Education monitoring report that apply to the public school or public school district in question; or if there are such findings, the state or public school district has corrected, or agreed to correct, the findings.
7. The school meets all applicable federal, state, local and tribal health, environmental and safety requirements in law, regulations and policy and is willing to undergo EPA on-site verification

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is December 4, 2020. The AL-GRS will notify awardees by January 4, 2020, and submit nominees to the U.S. Department of Education by February 1, 2020.

Alabama Green Ribbon Schools are recognized by the State Board of Education with Resolutions and celebrated with a picnic each spring.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications, and direct questions to:

Michal Robinson

Jonathan Thompson

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Alabama State Department of Education
​50 North Ripley Street
P.O. Box 302101​
Montgomery, Alabama 36104​
(334) 694-4900

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