Nebraska Green Schools

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Students must be engaged at the intersection of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), energy, environment and public health to develop: sustainable solutions, employability, college and career readiness knowledge and skills.

Through the Nebraska Green Schools Program (NE-GS) students and teachers throughout Nebraska can investigate the environmental impact of their school, develop action plans for improvement and earn badges as they work their way up to achieving Nebraska Green Schools Emerald Status. The NE-GS program consists of five school site investigations students in grades 4-12 can conduct:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • School Site
  • Environmental Quality
  • Waste and Recycling

After an investigation is complete, the students along with the rest of the green team, create an action plan for addressing any environmental issues they discovered.  As each action plan is submitted, your school will earn a badge and be one step closer to being Emerald Status! To get more information about becoming a Nebraska Green School, please contact Hanna Pinneo at

The Nebraska Green Schools program is a joint initiative between the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Department of Education.

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