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, 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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Map of participating schools
There are at least 48 schools that have been active in the KGHS program in the past year, many of them participating in a grant program to promote water quality and conservation in Kentucky. You can see all currently active schools on our interactive map.


2020 KGHS and KY NEED Awards
The 2020 Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky NEED Project Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon will be held on April 23 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

​Updated Resources
You can find an updated list of resources for each category on the Kentucky Environmental Education Council website. There is also a list of places in Kentucky that offer environmental education.