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CT Green Leaf Schools

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Welcome to Connecticut's Green Leaf Schools program!

We are deeply committed to making it easier for Connecticut’s public and private K-12 institutions (Early Childhood Education coming soon!) to plant, nurture and grow the seeds of environmental literacy in a way that builds more sustainable and just communities. 

You might be thinking...
  • I just want to get my students outside more often!

  • We know we can and should be doing more with environmental education 

  • How can we fit climate change education into our school day?

  • Can we do something about our school food waste?  

  • What is the best way to connect kids and food?

  • Our school’s energy footprint could be so much smaller

  • What about air quality?

  • How do we get started reducing our schools carbon footprint?  

  • Do we need a Green Team?  If so, who? How do we start one?  

How does it work?

CT Green Leaf Schools strive to make progress in three pillars:

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What will this look like at my school?

Every school is different and there are so many ways to get started:

  • Implement a garden-based lesson in the classroom

  • Set up a sorting station to recycle plastics, cartons, or even food in the cafeteria

  • Examine the air quality in the school building and on school grounds

Become a CT Green LEAF School Today!

Start by exploring this website.
CT Green Leaf will meet you where you’re at with tools and resources to help you set and track environmental, health and sustainability education goals. There is something for everyone: cost savings, a healthier community, and opportunities for guidance and recognition along the way!

Green Leaf Ribbon Cutting at North Stratfield Elementary!

In December 2022, North Stratfield Elementary joined three other public schools in Fairfield and officially became a certified Connecticut Green LEAF School. Congratulations! We're excited for the journey ahead!  Find more information here.

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Ready to join
Only two simple things are required to become a CT Green Leaf School:

  • Letter of Commitment signed by your school’s principal or district head

  • A completed Enrollment Form (coming soon!)

We encourage you to check out the many helpful links on this website. For inquiries about the CT Green LEAF Schools listserv, please email


"As one of eleven elementary schools in our district, and the first to be named a CT Green LEAF school, we serve as environmental leaders for other schools. We hope to inspire schools across the district to join us in our green efforts." 

—  M. Patricia Allen, Principal, Parkway School, Greenwich

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