The mission of Alabama Green Ribbon Schools (AL-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts, and institutions of higher education to nurture and promote 21st century excellence in teaching and in practice. This includes demonstrating responsible stewardship of Alabama's natural resources, promoting the safety and wellness of children and adults, and encouraging an appreciation of Alabama's rich natural heritage.

AL-GRS mirrors the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) in recognizing schools, districts, and IHE that show exemplary dedication to the following three pillars:

1. Reducing environmental impact and costs

2. Improving the health and wellness of their schools, students, and staff

3. Providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

We encourage schools, districts, and institutions of higher education making creative efforts that go above and beyond expectations and requirements in these three pillars to apply to become an Alabama Green Ribbon School. AL-GRS will award up to 5 PK-12 schools and districts and a single IHE each year. All Alabama Green Ribbon Schools are nominated to ED-GRS by our state nominating authority.

Alabama Green Ribbon Schools are recognized by the State Board of Education with Resolutions and celebrated with a picnic each spring.


Application Deadline: December 4, 2020

 2021 Green Ribbon School Application    

Opening ceremony for the Troy Elementary School Outdoor Classroom constructed by The Office of Civic Engagement
​The creation of the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park has improved local water quality
through stream restoration and invasive species removal

Troy’s College of Education Power Up with STEM summer camp at the Pike Co. Boys and Girls Club

GRS Winner 
Previous GRS Award Winners


Tree Campus USA tree planting
Troy University SPIN program provides alternative transportation for students
Local 4th graders at the Pike County Groundwater Festival

Click below to access the Highlights from the 2020 Honorees!​ ​

Previous GRS Award Winners

Trojan Outreach utilizes prominent campus locations to engage students in health and wellness education.
Troy University students select professional attire in the Career Closet.  Professional items are diverted from entering the waste stream and donated by faculty, staff and community members for the benefit of university students
Campus Kitchens food recovery and meal preparation


Green Ribbon Schools Overview




2019 AL Green Ribbon Schools Video