NC Green Schools Recognition Program
The NC Green Schools Recognition Program recognizes North Carolina P-12 public and private schools that encourage cultures of sustainability in 5 designated areas. The NC Green Schools Rubric is an easy to follow guideline for earning recognition for the work you are doing at your school. You can download a rubric worksheet here to easily track your progress.
The 5 components include (click for resources):
- Culture and Community – Creating a school philosophy and culture that embraces sustainability, encourages ongoing professional development and sparks the creativity and engagement of all its members. 20 possible points
- School Sustainability– Conserving energy and water, reducing solid waste and increasing transportation options, with a healthy dose student engagement. 24 possible points
- Healthy Schools– Creating school grounds that enhance learning environments, planting gardens, and promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle. 24 possible points
- Curriculum Integration– Integrating curriculum that helps students experience and understand the natural environment and their place in it. 24 possible points
- Innovation- Innovations will be open-ended and will allow schools to document what new initiatives the school is trying to go above and beyond in becoming a Green School. 8 possible points.
How does the NC Green Schools recognition program work?
The NC Green Schools Rubric offers a comprehensive guide for schools to navigate their way to greening their campuses and curricula. Schools will receive recognition and be awarded a certificate of accomplishment for their efforts. NC Green Schools awards recognition for these three levels of participation:
NC Green School of Promise: A school that is taking the initial steps to improve their sustainability and environmental education curriculum. Must participate in three of five categories and score 40-59 points on the rubric.
NC Green School of Quality: A school that is taking active strides in improving and maintaining sustainable practices and environmental education curriculum. Must participate in four of the five categories and score 60-79 points on the rubric.
NC Green School of Excellence: A school that shows the highest level of commitment to a sustainable campus and environmental education curriculum. Must participate in all five categories and score 80-100 points on the rubric.
Who is eligible to apply?
All P-12 schools in North Carolina are invited to participate in this program and to apply for recognition.