Welcome

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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Announcements

Join @KyEECouncil for Regional Meetings across the Commonwealth

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. Join the conversation: #KyEEMasterPlan.
 
Regional meetings are being held across the Commonwealth during the month of August. All meeting dates and locations are available on the KEEC website at keec.ky.gov/Meetings. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Michelle.Shane@ky.gov.
 

Join KEEC and the US Department of Education for the Second Annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour - 'Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students' 

The US Department of Education will be in Kentucky Aug 20 and 21 to tour Kentucky Schools.  Join the tour, or take part in the Listening Session on Aug 20 in Lexington.  Learn more at http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/bulletins/c9cb71.  To RSVP for the Listening Session, contact Michelle.Shane@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.