Minnesota participates in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program. The program recognizes schools across the country for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education.
Minnesota led the nation with the most applicants in 2013 and seven Minnesota schools and districts were among 156 schools that have received the national award to date. Awards are announced on Earth Day each year and applications are accepted in the fall of each year.
Case studies of Minnesota's Green Ribbon Schools, which provide lots of examples of what schools can do to become more green, can be found in the report, "Integrating Environmental and Outdoor Education in Grades 7-12" (2013), located on SEEK's Environmental and Outdoor Education page.