The Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Mission

Empowering students to create healthier, safer, and more environmentally sustainable schools, and communities

Welcome to KGHS!

Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools (KGHS) is a project-based program that uses the entire school building and grounds as a learning laboratory for students. All grade levels of any public or private schools are invited to join KGHS! To participate, visit Join KGHS​.


Through this program, a team of students, teachers, and school administrators (a "Green Team") work together to improve the school facilities in nine different categories. For more information on the different categories of investigation, visit the Program Overview​.


By making improvements on campus, students can help the school save energy costs, decrease absenteeism, increase student test scores, and create a more sustainable learning environment, among other benefits.


Schools are recognized for their efforts through awards and attendance at the annual KGHS Summit.​​​


KGHS is a program of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education.


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Contact KGHS about grants for water education 

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council has been awarded a $91,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to train teachers about water-quality education and fund student water stewardship projects in the state through the KGHS program. The grant will support teacher training in scientific concepts about water. It will also allow the KGHS program to offer competitive grant funding to its network of more than 200 schools for the design and implementation of student-led projects to improve water quality and/or conservation in schools and local communities. For more information, see the complete press release.
Radically simplified and standards-aligned!
The KGHS program has been radically simplified:
  • No more inventories to complete!
  • No project proposal required!
  • Only one short form to complete per category!
  • Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards as adopted by Kentucky!
The purpose of the program is the same, but a renewed emphasis on authentic learning experiences for students means there will be significantly less paperwork to fill out.
Review the simplified process in the Program Overview, and start a project in 2017-18!


KGHS Contact Info

Billy Bennett, Executive Director
Tabitha Owens, Env. Ed. Specialist
Wesley Bullock, Admin. Specialist