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Water Education Green School Initiative

Green School Logo

Green Schools encourage teachers to bring activities that offer ecological enrichment and appreciation for the natural world into their classroom. Those that participate are called Green Teachers and as the number of Green Teachers in each school grows, the school can become a Green School.  Green Classrooms and Schools are recognized annually for their efforts.

The Green School initiative is a program of the Cobb County Water System Watershed Stewardship and Water Efficiency Programs, Cobb County Parks and Creation Natural Resources Unit, and Keep Cobb Beautiful.  

The purpose of this initiative is to recognize schools in Cobb County with an active environmental education program and encourage other schools to develop environmentally based education initiatives within their schools.    

The primary focus of the program is conservation, preservation, and beautification of our environment.  The program annually recognizes Cobb County classrooms and schools that have met the Green School requirements.  These schools recognized for participating in activities that promote good environmental stewardship.  

Award-Winning School!

Absolutely! Cobb County Green School Initiative also awards a Green School Silver and Gold Medal award.

A Green School Silver Medal Award:
10 -14 Green Classrooms (10 - 14 teachers doing five earth-friendly activities throughout the year and completing their Activities Log)

A Green School Gold Medal Award:
15 or more Green Classrooms (15+ teachers doing five earth-friendly activities throughout the year and completing their Activities Log)

The Green Innovation Award will recognize one school each year that has gone above and beyond the basic requirements of the Green School Initiative to create an innovative environmental program for its students and/or community. Use the links below to learn more about the award or to view the application.

Green Innovation Award Application
Green Innovation Award Information


Become A Green School

It is easy being green!

The Green School Initiative is open to all public and private schools in Cobb County, grades K-12.

To qualify as a Green Classroom a teacher must complete five environmentally based lesson plans per year. This can be any environmentally beneficial project, a lesson plan of your own, a facility tour, or presentations by one of the Cobb County Green School Coordinators. After the projects are completed you submit the activity log that explains the 5 activities, including: The names, dates, duration, brief description, number of students, and what the children learned. This information may be provided on our online form, or the form can be printed and mailed to Green School Program, 660 South Cobb Dr. Marietta, GA 30060.

Schools interested in achieving Green School status must register online. In order to qualify as a Green School, five teachers in your school must each complete five earth-friendly activities throughout the year. After each teacher completes the lessons the activities log should be completed by the teacher via the online form or mailed to the address above. The deadline for submission of your information is the last school day of March. If you have an activity scheduled for later in the year please submit the activities log including that activity with the date the lesson is planned via the online form prior to the last school day of March. A Green School Coordinator may contact you to confirm completion of the activity. Green Classroom and Green School recognitions will be held during April and May prior to the end of the school year. Your school will be awarded:

Public declaration of Cobb County Green School Status

A Green School Driveway sign

Green School Designation

2019/2020 Cobb County Green Schools

22 schools received Gold status designation, with at least 15 green teachers:
Addison Elementary, Baker Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Bells Ferry Elementary, Belmont Hills Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, Chalker Elementary, Compton Elementary, Ford Elementary, Frey Elementary, Keheley Elementary, King Springs Elementary, Lewis Elementary, McCall Primary, McCleskey Middle, Murdock Elementary, Nickajack Elementary, Simpson Middle, Sope Creek Elementary, Still Elementary, Tritt Elementary, Vaughan Elementary

8 schools received Silver status designation, with at least 10 green teachers:
Cheatham Hill Elementary, JJ Daniell Middle, Kemp Elementary, Norton Park Elementary, Pickett’s Mill Elementary, Pine Mountain Middle, Rocky Mount Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary

8 schools received Green status designation, with at least 5 green teachers:
Austell Elementary, Copper Middle, Due West Elementary, Garrison Mill Elementary, Green Acres Elementary, Hillgrove High, Pitner Elementary, Shallowford Falls Elementary

2 schools had teachers certifying their classroom as Green Classrooms:
Lovinggood Middle and Fair Oaks Elementary

In total, 38 schools received the Green School designation for the 2019/20 school year. These designations represent the work of 628 teachers who reported 16,160 hours of environmental education for 26,859 students.

Contact Us

Cobb County Green School Coordinators:

Mike Kahle 
Program Supervisor
Watershed Stewardship Program 
☎  770-528-1482 
[email protected]

Kevin Hill
Education Programmer 
Natural Resources Management Unit 
☎  770-528-8829
[email protected]

Kimberly White
Executive Director
Keep Cobb Beautiful Program 
☎  770-528-2503
[email protected]