The Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge is a green schools certification program for Marion County. Schools may reach certification either by starting new projects or demonstrating their existing initiatives. Project funding is available to schools in need of financial support, maximizing the opportunity to participate for all schools in our community. Selected schools will be eligible for up to $5,000 in funding for implementing new projects, as well as improving upon or expanding existing projects. The dedicated teachers and staff who champion the implementation of new projects at selected schools will receive a total stipend of up to $1,000.


Program benefits

Early education in sustainability engages children and young adults around important topics like environmental stewardship, social responsibility, waste reduction, and conservation of resources. Creating new projects will provide students, educators, and parents alike with hands-on policy and project implementation experience. Through project-based learning, students will exercise critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of creating authentic, meaningful projects. These skills and knowledge will be crucial to the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Schools that are Thriving Schools certified will receive due recognition for their efforts, joining a cohort of local schools leading the way on sustainability education. All certified schools will receive supporting materials, including a decal to display their achievement. Participants will be recognized and celebrated at a Showcase Event in late 2019.


eligibility + guidelines

All Marion County Schools are eligible to apply for certification and project funding through the Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge. Limited to one submission per school. Proposals for project funding must have the support of the school principal and/or leadership.

Schools applying for project funding must demonstrate that at least 1 project will provide hands-on, educational opportunities for students. It is strongly encouraged that new projects be student-driven, increasing project-based learning outcomes.