The California Department of Education has released the application for schools to apply to become federal Green Ribbon Award winners.

Applicants will be judged on whether their facilities have a net zero impact on the environment, whether their green facilities have had a positive impact on the health and performance of students and staff and whether their students are literate on the environment and sustainability.

The deadline is apply is Feb. 17.

The CDE expects to forward up to four California schools’ application on to the federal contest.

The winners of the federal competition are slated to be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

No funding is given for the award.

To download an application, go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/greenribbonprog.asp.