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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 and student-centered program that empowers students and school 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, 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.

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

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New KGHS Project Form

KEEC has been working to simplify and streamline the KGHS program.  The first new form to be released is the Project Form for proposals and reports.  Access the new form at the Overview​ page, at the bottom of the right sidebar. Let us know what you think by emailing comments​ to KGHS@ky.gov

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.