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Green Flag Award

group of students holding green flagsThe most prestigious of Eco-Schools awards, the Green Flag Award is the third of three award levels in the Eco-Schools USA program. To be eligible for the Green Flag Award, a school must follow the Seven Step Framework to complete at least three pathways, and must include the Energy pathway.

While Bronze and Silver awards are self-assessed, schools must submit their assessment and application for a Green Flag Award to be assessed by an Eco-Schools USA program administrator. It is recommended that the award be renewed every two years. A school is considered a permanent Eco-School once it has gained its fourth Green Flag Award, at which point sustainability has been fully woven into the fabric of the school’s culture.

Registered Eco-Schools may submit or renew an application for a Green Flag Award through their school dashboard.

Already earned a Green Flag Award? Download a sample press release to personalize and share with media.

Award Criteria

A school must earn 300 points to receive a Green Flag Award. To reach 300 points, actions must be taken at each of the seven steps as outlined below.

Download the Green Flag Award checklist to track your school's progress and confirm you are meeting the criteria to apply for a Green Flag Award.

Green Flag Award Checklist

Step 1: Form an Eco-Action Team

  • The school has identified an Eco-Action Team that has strong representation from students (at least 50%), and also includes teachers, other school staff, and community members. (15 points)
  • The group meets a minimum of eight times a year. (15 points)
  • Students take significant responsibility for conducting the Eco-Action Team meetings, are part of the team's decision-making process, and help keep minutes, as appropriate by age. (5 points)
  • Students actively engage and take actions with other students, staff, and community members. (5 points)

Total: 40 points

Step 2: Conduct an Environmental Audit

  • An environmental audit of the school is completed, using the Eco-Schools USA audit forms for at least three pathways (including the Energy pathway). (25 points)
  • Students play an active role in conducting the environmental audit and engaging resource specialists from the community, as appropriate by age. (20 points)
  • Results of the audit are shared with the whole school and local community. (5 points)

Total: 50 points

Step 3: Create an Eco-Action Plan

  • The Eco-Action Team uses results from the environmental audit to develop a detailed action plan that includes measurable goals and a timeline for completing them. The plan addresses at least three Eco-Schools pathways (including the Energy pathway). (20 points)
  • A range of actions are planned to address environmental issues. Targets are prioritized and cost-benefit information is provided for each action. (20 points)
  • The Eco-Action Plan is shared with the whole school and local community. (10 points)

Total: 50 points

Step 4: Monitor and Evaluate Progress

  • The Eco-Action Team monitors and reviews progress against the Eco-Action Plan goals and timeline. (15 points)
  • Updates, campaigns, and events are communicated to the whole school and wider community. (5 points)
  • The school has shown significant progress on a minimum of three actions, projects, or campaigns, addressing at least three Eco-Schools USA pathways. The school community understands the issue, recognizes its value to sustainable development, and has implemented ongoing, lasting change. (5 points)
  • Students are engaged in portions of monitoring and evaluation. (5 points)
  • The post-action audits for the selected pathways have been completed. (20 points)

Total: 50 points

Step 5: Link to Curriculum

  • At all grade levels students are engaged in interdisciplinary, authentic learning experiences around environmental topics that impact the local community. (20 points)
  • Students' environment-based learning experiences are inclusive and equitable, rooted in inquiry, and allow them to hone and apply science and engineering practices. (15 points)
  • School staff are provided opportunities to attend professional development and engage in professional learning communities as it pertains to education for sustainable development. (15 points)

Total: 50 points

Step 6: Involve the Community

  • The school has a prominent, designated way to communicate with the whole school and greater community, such as a bulletin board, website, or newsletter that details Eco-Schools USA activities and accomplishments. (10 points)
  • Multiple grade levels, along with community volunteers, engage in a minimum of four Eco-Schools USA related activities, such as (but not limited to) Eco-Action Team meetings, classroom or whole-school speaking engagements, audit support, and professional services support. (5 points)
  • The school plans a special event that informs the community on how they can support and participate in Eco-Schools USA projects. (5 points)
  • Students participate in the Young Reporters for the Environment competition or write about Eco-Schools USA projects for the school or community paper, newsletter, magazine, and/or social media platforms. (5 points)
  • The school shares its Eco-Schools USA dashboard on its public school or district website. (5 points)

Total: 30 points

Step 7: Create an Eco-Code

  • The Eco-Action Team develops an Eco-Code with input from the whole school and greater community. The code is then agreed upon and adopted by the whole school. (15 points)
  • The Eco-Code is prominently displayed for all to view as they enter the school. (10 points)
  • The Eco-Code is reviewed yearly and modifications are made as the culture of the school changes. (5 points)

Total: 30 points

Green Flag Schools

Eco-Schools USA has been privileged to award Eco-Schools’ highest honor to the following U.S. schools that have made significant and measurable changes impacting the environmental sustainability, both within their school and throughout their larger community.

Bear Tavern Elementary School
Brooke Elementary
Wesley International Academy
Wilmot Elementary

Beachside Montessori Village
Centreville Elementary School (4th Green Flag)
Driftwood Middle Academy Environmental Health
Eastside Memorial Early College High School (2nd Green Flag)
Flint Hill Elementary (3rd Green Flag)
Great Seneca Creek Elementary
Guilford Elementary School
Hoover Elementary
J. C. Parks Elementary School
Joyce Kilmer School
Lanier Middle School (4th Green Flag)
Madison Elementary School
McKinney Byrd Academy
Parkview School
Sarasota Military Academy Prep
St. Rose Of Lima School
Unity Charter School
Windsor Hills Elementary School

Broadneck High School
Center for Young Children (2nd Green Flag)
Centreville Elementary School (3rd Green Flag)
Discovery Elementary School
Duarte Marti School No. 28
Egg Harbor Township High School
Emalea Warner Elementary School
Essex County Vocational Technical School
Forwood Elementary
Franklin Sherman Elementary (2nd Green Flag)
Frost Middle School
George C. Marshall High School
George L. Catrambone Elementary School
Green Tech Academy at Small Middle School (2nd Green Flag)
G.W. Carver
Holland Township School
Long Branch Middle School
Mary Rieke Elementary School (3rd Green Flag)
MS 126 John Ericsson
PS 31 Samuel F. Dupont Elementary School
PS 34 Oliver H Perry
Patton Elementary School
Piney Point Elementary School
Princeton Day School
PS 110 The Monitor School
Rachel Carson Middle School
Spectrum Charter School (2nd Green Flag)
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Wildflower Open Classroom
Woodlawn School

Academe of the Oaks
Crystal River Primary School
Clark Fork School
Highlands Ranch High School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Concord Hill School
Eastside Memorial High School, Johnston Campus
Flint Hill Elementary (2nd Green Flag)
Lake Anne Elementary School (2nd Green Flag)
Lanier Middle School (2nd Green Flag)
Ps 69Q - The School of Cultural and Performing Art
St. Andrews School
Whitehouse School
Woodcliff Middle School

Belvedere Elementary School
Briargrove Elementary School
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School
Centreville Elementary School
Charles F. Patton Middle School
Chesterbrook Elementary
Daniels Run Elementary
Eisenhower High School
Fox Creek Elementary
Franklin Sherman Elementary
Haycock Elementary
Longfellow Middle School
Ps333 Manhattan School for Children
Mary Rieke Elementary
McFatter Technical Center
Old Trail School
Pioneer Elementary School
Ps166 The Richard Rodgers School
Rocky Run Middle School
Sand Creek Elementary
Sedalia Elementary
Small Green Tech Academy
Spectrum Charter School
Unity Charter School
William Annin Middle School

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Bluff Park Elementary School
Castle Rock Elementary School
Center for Young Children
Earths Magnet School
Flint Hill Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
Jitta Bug Learning Center
Lake Anne Elementary School
Maspeth High School
NYC iSchool
Ps 154 Q
Ps 29
Savannah Country Day School
The Brooklyn New School/Ps146
The Evergreen School
The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes
Three Bridges School

Alder Ave Middle School
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Copper Mesa Elementary School
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
Gwin Elementary
Ps 154 Q
Ps 57
Sacred Heart High School for Girls
Villa Academy

Academy for Global Citizenship
Aspen Elementary School
Centerville Elementary School
Churchill Road Elementary School
Flagstone Elementary School
Mary Rieke Elementary School
Skyview Junior High School
Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Unity Charter School

Boston Latin School
Lanier Middle School
Savannah Country Day School