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11/14/2013 10:40:00 AM
Oregon Sustainable School Awards and U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards – Apply Now

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) are now accepting applications for the Oregon Sustainable School Awards. Applicants for this Oregon recognition are also eligible for nomination for the U.S. Department of Education 2014 Green Ribbon recognition program. The application deadline in January 15, 2014 and an informational conference call about the awards will be held on December 2, 2013. Application assistance is available once schools/districts register their intent to apply.

This is the 3rd year that ODE and SOSI have recognized schools for their great work to 1) address environmental impacts, 2) provide for healthy, safe students and staff, 3) educate for environmental and social literacy, and 4) contribute to community sustainability. In addition to school-level awards, there will also be a district-level award this year.

All public and private K-12 schools and districts in Oregon are invited to apply. The Oregon award recognizes a school that best addresses all four “pillar” areas comprehensively, as well as top achievers in each of the four areas. The federal Green Ribbon School recognition program recognizes up to four schools and one district that excel in the first three areas. A single application puts schools and districts in the running for both awards.

For additional information on the application process, the December 2 conference call, or the application schedule, please visit:http://www.sustainableschools.org/sosi/oregon-award-program. If you have further questions, please contact Lori Stole at lstole@sustainableschools.org eMail.
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