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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.

While Bronze and Silver awards are self-assessed, schools must submit their 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 checklists for the Green Flag Award or Green Flag Award Renewal to track the school's progress and confirm criteria is met for a school's first, second, third, or lifetime Green Flag Award. To better prepare for the completion of the application, a copy of the Green Flag Award questions, that include the administrator’s section is provided for the team's review.

Green Flag Award Checklist

Step 1: Form an Eco-Action Team

  • Fifty percent of the Eco-Action Team is composed of students, in addition to teachers, other school staff, and community members. (15 points)
  • The Eco-Action Team meets a minimum of eight times a year. (15 points)
  • Students take significant responsibility, as appropriate, for conducting the meetings, are part of the team's decision-making process, and help keep minutes. (5 points)
  • Students actively engage other students and take suggestions from the student body. (5 points)

Total: 40 points | Required documentation for upload: Eco-Action Team list

Step 2: Conduct an Environmental Audit

  • The audits for at least three pathways are conducted on a formal and comprehensive basis utilizing the Eco-Schools USA audit forms. (20 points)
  • Students are involved in conducting the environmental audit and engaging resource specialists in the community. (20 points)
  • Results of the audit are shared with the whole school and wider community. (5 points)
  • A baseline and post-action audit are conducted and the audits are completed each year. (5 points)

Total: 50 points | Required documentation for upload: Baseline Audits

Step 3: Create an Eco-Action Plan

  • Develop an action plan using the provided blank action plan worksheet, and based on audit results goals should be quantifiable. (20 points)
  • A range of actions are planned to mitigate environmental problems, targets are prioritized and cost-benefit information is provided for each action. (20 points)
  • The Eco-Action Plan is shared with the entire school and local community. (10 points)

Total: 50 points | Required documentation for upload: Eco-Action Plans

Step 4: Monitor and Evaluate Progress

  • The Eco-Action Team monitors and reviews progress against timeframes and targets outlined in the action plans. (15 points)
  • Progress and challenges are communicated to the whole school and wider community. (5 points)
  • The school shows significant progress on several large-scale projects that are focused on three Eco-Schools USA pathways. (5 points)
  • Students are engaged in monitoring and evaluation Data is used in academic classes, where applicable. (5 points)
  • Conduct the post-action pathway audit. Metrics data is entered on the award application for the pathway(s) the school is focusing on. (20 points)

Total: 50 points | Required documentation for upload: Post-Action Audit

Step 5: Link to Curriculum

  • Environmental topics are integrated into the classroom at all grade levels and across disciplines. (20 points)
  • Students learning experiences are authentic, place-based, and inquiry driven. (15 points)
  • School staff are provided with professional development and training in association with best practices, knowledge, and skills for environment-based education. (15 points)

Total: 50 points

Step 6: Involve the Community

  • The school has a bulletin board, display case, website, and/or newsletter which details Eco-Schools USA activities. (10 points)
  • The entire school, along with volunteers from the community, engage in a number of Eco-Schools USA activities. (5 points)
  • A special event is planned that engages the greater community in learning about and helping with Eco-Schools USA projects. (5 points)
  • Students write about Eco-Schools USA projects for local papers, magazines, and/or digital outlets. (5 points)
  • The school shares its Eco-Schools USA projects with other schools in the U.S. and with the global community through digital communication, e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Tag other schools, districts and Eco-Schools in other countries. (5 points)

Total: 30 points

Step 7: Create an Eco-Code

  • An Eco-Code is developed with input from the whole school, and is agreed upon and adopted. (15 points)
  • The finished Eco-Code is prominently displayed for all to read as they enter the school and is prominent in common areas around the school. (10 points)
  • Every other year the Eco-Code is reviewed as part of a review process and in preparation for the next Green Flag award. (5 points)

Total: 30 points | Required documentation for upload: Eco-Code

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.

Chantilly High School
Chesapeake Math & IT Academy
Glenwood Avenue Elementary School
Guilford Elementary School
Lake Anne Elementary School (4th Green Flag)
Riverside Elementary School (2nd Green Flag)
Royal Palm Elementary
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
Suitland Elementary

George L. Catrambone Elementary School (2nd Green Flag) 
Millbrook Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary  
Montclair Kimberley Academy (2nd Green Flag) 
Queen Of Peace School 
Discovery Elementary School (3rd Green Flag)
Providence Elementary School (2nd Green Flag)
Belleville High School
PS 90 The Magnet School for Environmental Studies And Community Wellness

McNair Academic High School
Academe Of The Oaks (2nd Green Flag)
Riverside Elementary
Cape May City Elementary
Center for Young Children (4th Green Flag)
Clark Fork School (2nd Green Flag)
Eastside Memorial Early College High School (3rd Green Flag)

Bear Tavern Elementary School
Brooke Elementary
Wesley International Academy
Wilmot Elementary
Discovery Elementary School (2nd Green Flag)
Flint Hill Elementary School (4th Green Flag)
Center for Young Children (3rd Green Flag)
Montclair Kimberley Academy
Lake Anne Elementary School (3rd Green Flag)
Corpus Christi School
The Philadelphia School
McNair Academic High School


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