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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Join us for the KGHS and KY NEED Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon April 28 in Frankfort!

KGHS schools may attend even if they have not completed a project or recieved an award this year. Register for the Summit by April 15. For more information see our Summit page.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Summit, you can submit the appropriate forms or contact elizabeth.schmitz@ky.gov with questions.

Radically simplified and standards-aligned for 2015-16!

For 2015-16, 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.  

Pre-order your "LET'S GO OUTSIDE" license plate!"Let's Go Outside" license plate

Support KGHS and other programs of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council by applying for the new "Let's Go Outside" specialty license plate.  


US Department of Education seeks Green Ribbon Schools Applicants

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Kentucky Department of Education urge all Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools to consider applying for this honor. Application will be available soon at the KY GRS page


KGHS Enrollment Map
This map shows program participation by county.