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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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.

Don't worry if you've already started a project with the old form.  Old forms will still be accepted during the 2014-15 school year.  However, if you are just starting your project, please use the new form.  Let us know what you think by emailing commments 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 next year to the Green Ribbon Schools program. For more information, visit the KY GRS page.


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