School children promoting Kentucky Green and Healthy SchoolsKentucky Green & Healthy Schools (KGHS) is a project-based and student-centered program that empowers students and staff to move their school toward becoming safer, healthier, and more environmentally sustainable. This inquiry-based program 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, see the Join page.
Through this program, a team of students, teachers and school administrators (a Green & Healthy Team) work together to improve the school facilities in 9 different categories. These categories are: 

  • Energy
  • Green Spaces
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Health & Safety
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Solid Waste
  • Transportation
  • Water

By improving their school, students can help the school save energy costs, decrease absenteeism, increase student test scores, and create a more sustainable learning environment.

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

KGHS Mission

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

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Save the Date! - July 23, 2014 (1-4 PM)

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC) seeks input on the 2014 Environmental Education 5-Year Master Plan from all stakeholders interested in environmental education. Educators, parents, business/industry representatives, administrators or any other interested parties are invited to attend a public meeting designed to gather your ideas for how we can improve and coordinate environmental education across the Commonwealth.
Your input on environmental education is important!  Environmental education teaches people how to think, not what to think, and encourages people to develop and implement solutions to environmental problems that are important to them. KEEC recently completed its 2014 Survey of Kentuckian’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, and found that 87% agree that our daily actions have an impact on the environment.  Fully 96% agree that environmental education should be taught in schools!  Learn more about the survey results, and bring your voice to the table by helping KEEC define the direction and future of environmental education in the Commonwealth.
While this meeting will kick off the public input process, regional meetings will be held across the Commonwealth during the month of August. All meeting dates and locations will be published as they are available on the KEEC website at keec.ky.gov. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Michelle.Shane@ky.gov.

US Department of Education Announces 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Winners

The US Department of Education has named Wellington Elementary School in Fayette County as a 2014 honoree of the national Green Ribbon Schools competition.

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Kentucky Department of Education urge all Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools to consider applying for this honor next year. Applications will be available in June 2014. For more information, visit the KY GRS page.

KGHS Enrollment Map
Map shows program enrollment as of April 2012.