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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​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.
KGHS Contact Info
Billy Bennett, Executive Director
Wesley Bullock, Admin. Specialist

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Apply for a grant for water education
The Kentucky Environmental Education Council will award $22,750 in grant funding to schools for service learning projects that focus on water quality or water conservation. 

To apply, submit:

The application deadline is September 30, 2017.

If you have questions about the grant, you can contact Wesley Bullock at kghs@ky.gov or 502-564-5937. 

Apply for a grant from the Kentucky Division of Water
The Kentucky Division of Water is offering mini-grants for up to $5,000 to fund projects that address nonpoint source pollution of water quality issues through local education and outreach activities, and build or improve organizational capacity. The application deadline is September 30.
The Summit has moved to Lexington
The 2018 Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky NEED Project Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon will be held on April 26 at the Lexington Convention Center.