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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KGHS Enrollment Map

Map shows program enrollment as of April 2012.

Enrollment Map


School teams should submit inventories and project forms (see below) to document their projects.  In order to be eligible to receive an award at the 2014 Summit, submissions must be received by March 18, 2014.

Project Form

Use this form to propose and report on projects.

KY Department of Education Announces 2013 KY Green Ribbon Schools Winners

The KY Department of Education has named three schools as 2013 winners of the state-level Green Ribbon Schools competition.  The winners are:

  • Locust trace Agr-Science Farm (Fayette County)
  • Cane Run Elementary (Jefferson County)
  • Northern Elementary (Scott County)

For more information, visit the KY GRS page.