Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding Energy, Environmental & STEAM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities through our Annual Green Difference Awards.

We honor Green Difference Makers made up of Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Students, Citizens, Schools, School Groups/Clubs, and our Sponsors nationally and internationally at our annual event.

Applications for our 2024 Green Difference Awards are now closed. 

Awards are given out this year in the following areas of Outstanding Green/Sustainable Practices in:

  • Climate Education and Action
  • Energy
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Green and Healthy Schools
  • Land, Air, Natural World
  • Outdoor Learning and Exploration
  • STEM and the Future of Sustainability
  • Water Conservation
  • Waste Management

We also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to a hero who has dedicated his/her/their life to Green Education.

Additionally, Green Schools Society Students are honored and celebrated through this annual recognition program.

Do you have students who should be recognized? Learn more here. Applications for National and International Green Schools Society Awards and Recognition is open!

congratulations to our 2024 honorees!


Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director
Green Schools National Network
Iowa City, Iowa

Linda Cabot, Founder & President
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Billerica, Massachusetts


Michael Isenberg
Providence, Rhode Island



Anglers of Tomorrow
Yashwin Adusumilli, Founder & President
FAU High School
Parkland, Florida


GreenBliss: AI-Infused Vertical Gardens &
Smoothie Hub for Student Vitality
Jennifer Garetto, Middle School Science Teacher
The Avery Coonley School
Downers Grove, Illinois


The Indigenous Plant Project
Arjun Desai
Shreveport, Louisiana


Chris Sullivan, Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator
City DPW
Lowell, Massachusetts


Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute 4-H Club
Vishal Swamy, Founder and Chair
Novi, Michigan

New Jersey

Endangered Species Coloring Book
GLC Student Green Team
George L. Catrambone School – Long Branch Public Schools
Long Branch, New Jersey

A Sustainable Future
Carolyn He
Morris Hills High School
Rockaway, New Jersey


New York

Soil2Salad Food Security Initiative
Landon DAgate
Long Island Cares
Hauppauge, New York

Robert Ross
Oyster Bay High School
Mill Neck, New York

Rhode Island

The Compass School Farm
Brandee Lapisky, Director
The Compass School
Kingston, Rhode Island


Preserve the Prairie
Diya Balagopal, President of Nature’s Nurturers Club (NGSS)
Frisco, Texas


Teen Coalition 4 Climate
Ivy Liu, Executive Director
Seattle, Washington

Washington, D.C.

American Climate Corps
Biden-Harris Administration

Michael S. Regan, EPA Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Program: National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

Office of State and Community Energy Programs
U.S. Department of Energy Program: Renew America’s Schools



Student Clubs for a Sustainable Future
Maggie Doyne & Tope Malla, Co-Founders
Kopila Valley School


Luntiang Pamana Project
Alejandra Endrina, Project Coordinator
Panabo City Senior High School


Sustainable School Campus
Albert Wang, Principal
Mingdao High School