Green School Coordinators


Helpful Information for School Coordinators enrolled in the Green Schools Program


Below, you will find programs and opportunities available to School Coordinators in Madison County schools. These include the Awards, Professional Development opportunities, Environmental Grants, and opporutnities to help your school become more green!


Green Team of the Year Award 

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Application and Guidelines Nominations due by 5 pm on Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Eligibility and Criteria for Judging can be found here.

The Green Team of the year award recognizes a school's "Green Team" who has demonstrated a commitment to organizing, managing, and leading conservation- and environmental education-related activities as part of the Madison County Green Schools Program. 

The winners of the Green Team of the Year Award will receive a $500 stipend to spend on projects related to resource conservation and environmental education in their school. 
  • Nominees may be a combination of a principal, teacher(s), custodian(s), aide(s), student(s) or parent(s) who have the responsibility of carrying out "green" programming, such as recycling, waste reduction, or environmental education at any Madison County school enrolled in the Green Schools Program.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • No winners from the past 5 years may be nominated.
  • Entries must represent work (ongoing or completed) during the 2020-2021 school year.
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Application and Guidelines
- Nominations due by 5pm on Friday, April 23rd, 2021


Eligibility and Criteria for Judging can be found here.

The Green School Coordinator of the Year award recognizes and honors an individual who has shown leadership and creativity in organizing and managing the Green Schools Program for their school. Both the winning coordinator and their school receive $500 each. 

  • Nominees may be a principal, teacher, custodian, aide, or parent who has the responsibility of carrying out "green" programming, such as recycling, waste reduction, or environmental education at any Madison County school enrolled in the Green Schools Program.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • No winners from the past 5 years may be nominated.
  • Entries must represent work (ongoing or completed) during the 2020-2021 school year.

Community Roots Award
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Nomination are due by Friday, April 24th

The application can be found here.

This award recognizes a school whose efforts towards environmental stewardship and waste reduction have positively impacted the community beyond school campus. Activities that qualify include:
  • off-campus community clean-up dates
  • collaboration with local businesses or non-profit organizations with related missions
  • community information campaigns
  • donations of goods as a waste-diversion effort
  • recycling drives open to the community
  • public gardens and plantings and more
The award consists of $150 for the winning to school to spend on furthering its efforts and a $150 donation to a local non-profit (501c3) organization of the school's choosing. 

  • Nominated school must currently be enrolled in the Green Schools Program.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Entries must represent efforts (ongoing or completed) during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Participation in official program collections, such as clothing or shoes for USAgain/Shoeman do not qualify for the Community Roots Award. School efforts must be outside the scope of regular program collections to qualify.

Green Seed Grants for Madison County Schools

Grant Amount: $2,000 max per school (reimbursement grant)
Application Deadline: The second Friday in December

Who Is Offering?: The Madison County Green Schools Program and the County Board’s Planning and Development Committee offers "Green Seed Funding" for use in sustainability-related initiatives.
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Who is Eligible? Grant funding is available to Madison County public, private and parochial schools participating in the Madison County Green Schools Program. To be eligible, schools must have a completed and submitted their 2019-2020 Goals and Interests Survey and their Benchmarking Survey. 

How Can the Funds Be Used? Funds can be used to purchase green school project equipment, supplies, and services such as recycling bins, recycled content benches, plants, school gardens, motion sensors, auditing equipment, speaker stipends, hauling of recyclables, etc. 

How Do I Apply? : Green Seed Grant Guidelines & Application Forms


 Sustainability Institute for Educators

SIE_logoTuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in Saint Louis, Missouri. The 2020 Sustainability Institute for Educators will focus on climate change and its interconnectedness with the E's of Sustainability: Economics, Equity, and Environment. Educators will explore the history, science, and impact of climate change while empowering learners to engage in civic leadership and action. Each day will feature a mix of experiences.

Now in its 10th year, this three-day Insittute challenges participants to build agency for a more just and sustainable world. Graduate credit is available! A limited number of full scholarships are available for Madison County educators.

Please contact Bailey Lutz with any questions regarding the Institute.

PDF: Summary of Institute
Scholarship Application


Other Useful Sustainability Links & Resources