The grant application period for 2018 is now closed.

As a member of the San Luis Obispo Green Schools Committee, Cuesta Sustainability Resource Center (CSRC) supports SLO County K-12 schools in achieving their sustainability goals. We recommend following the steps below & emailing the committee to help you through the process at

  1. Add your school to the 2019 grant cycle waitlist! Save your spot on the wait list by emailing and stay tuned for an update on the application process. Keep in mind a sustainability related project to propose for the chance to receive a $500 mini-grant. Funds are limited year to year, so apply early. For help with selecting a project consult us for guidance and check out the CSRC Resources page.
  2. Establish a Green Schools Baseline. Please complete the “Short Form” survey to be used as an entry point to a larger conversation. The breadth of sustainability opportunities across a K-12 campus are addressed and a baseline is established as to what one’s school is doing well, and where a school might improve. This survey serves as the “short form” version of the official Green Ribbon Schools(GRS) application discussed below. It will help you determine if your school is ready to apply for a GRS Award.
  3. Develop a Green Schools Action Plan. Members of the Green Schools Committee will assist in helping your school develop a sustainability plan based on the information provided in the initial survey. Steps might include:
    1. Create a Green Team with the power to act!

    2. Adopt an Environmental Vision Statement.

    3. Conduct a Comprehensive School Environmental Audit (Energy, Water, & Waste).

    4. Monitor and Evaluate Progress.

    5. Integrate Environmental Education into the Curriculum.

  4. Apply for the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) Award. Schools that follow bullet points #1-3 are prime candidates for State, and potentially National recognition via the U.S. Department Green Ribbon Schools program. We will assist your school through the application process. Practices are organized according to  3 Pillars that seek to achieve the following goals:


    Pillar 1 - Reduce environmental impact and costs (energy, water and waste). We will provide surveys, support school audits (ideally to be performed by students) and assist with connecting with the district facilities department (when needed).

    Pillar 2 - Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff. We have access to a large amount of curriculum and programs and help connect schools to local non-profits that assist with developing physical activities, gardens, and an outdoor classroom.

    Pillar 3 - Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways. on the integration of environmental curriculum and civic participation. CSRC is ready to help you with this pillar!