Terms & Conditions of Use

Welcome to the Green Ribbon Schools website (grs.4empower.com) powered by 4empowerment (hereto referred to as “Site”. Please read the following rules and understand that when you use the Site, it means that you agree to follow the guidelines and conditions outlined in it. From time to time, the terms of the Site may change. Anytime you use the Site, it means that you accept and will abide by the Agreement and any changes to the rules.

Disclaimer and Limitations of Liability

THIS WEBSITE, AND ALL MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, AND POSTINGS ARE MADE AVAILABLE ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR ANY GUARANTEE OR ASSURANCE THE WEBSITE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE, OR THAT ALL PRODUCTS, FEATURES, FUNCTIONS OR OPERATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE OR PERFORM AS DESCRIBED. Without limiting the foregoing, 4empowerment is not responsible or liable for any malicious code, delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions arising out of your use of the website. As between you and 4empowerment, you are assuming the entire risk as to the quality, accuracy, performance, timeliness, adequacy, completeness, correctness, authenticity, security, and validity of any and all features and functions of the website, including, without limitation, postings, and materials associated with your use of the website.


You further understand and acknowledge the capacity of the website, in the aggregate and for each user, is limited. Consequently some messages and transmissions may not be processed in a timely fashion or at all, and some features or functions may be restricted or delayed or become completely inoperable. As a result, you acknowledge and agree that 4empowerment assumes no liability, responsibility, or obligation to transmit, process, store, receive, or deliver postings or for any failure or delay associated with any postings, and you are hereby expressly advised not to rely upon the timeliness or performance of the website for any postings.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold 4empowerment, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, employees, and representatives, harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including reasonable attorney fees), resulting from any breach or violation of this agreement by you. 4empowerment reserves the right to assume, at its sole expense, the exclusive defense and control of any such claim or action and all negotiations for settlement or compromise, and you agree to fully cooperate with 4empowerment in the defense of any such claim, action, settlement or compromise negotiations, as requested by 4empowerment.


4empowerment encourages an open exchange of information and ideas. However, 4empowerment does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy or opinion of any posting, regardless of whether the posting originates from a user, a celebrity or "expert" guest, or from a member of the 4empowerment staff.

Responsibility for what is posted in the chat rooms, forums, and other public-posting areas on the Green Ribbon Schools Site and 4empowerment website remains with each user - you alone are responsible for material you post. By using www.4empowerment.com and grs.4empower.com, you agree not to post or transmit any defamatory, abusive, obscene, threatening, or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy www.4empowerment.com or grs.4empower.com, or that infringes on the rights of others. You may not permit any person (other than an agent acting on your behalf and subject to your supervision) to access - using your account - any features of the Green Ribbon Schools Site or 4empowerment website that may require registration.

Although 4empowerment cannot monitor all the postings in the chat rooms, forums, and other public areas, we reserve the exclusive right (but assume no obligation) to delete, move, or edit any postings that come to our attention that we deem unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons.

Copyright Agreement

In order to protect you, all material on www.4empowerment.com and grs.4empower.com is copyrighted to protect us and to exclude others from republishing your work. However, all individual contributors retain the right to submit their work for publication elsewhere and you have our permission to do so. You may not use anything from or for our website without our permission. You are not allowed to post or distribute any material you do not own or which you do not have permission to use. Ignoring this policy may result in copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights violation.

4empowerment expects that you will not use the service to violate anyone's copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights. By submitting material to the 4empowerment website and Green Ribbon Schools Site, you acknowledge that you are the sole owner of the material, or are making your submission with the express consent of the owner. Submitting material that is the property of another, without the proper consent of its owner, is not only a violation of this agreement, but may also subject you to legal liability for infringement of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights.

By using www.4empowerment.com and grs.4empower.com you agree to protect and hold us harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses that may result from the use of this service, your posting of any material to the website, or the transmission of any content through this service, or your breach of these terms of service.


We require each user to have a unique user name and password combination in order to use the features and functions of the website. Please read our Privacy Statement, which describes how we collect and use your personal information. Your user name and password are personal to you and you may not allow any others to use your user name or password under any circumstances. We are not liable for any harm caused or related to the theft or misappropriation of your user name or password, disclosure of your user name or password, or your authorization of anyone else to use your user name or password. You agree to immediately notify us if you become aware of or believe there is or may have been any unauthorized use of (or activity using) your user name or password or any other need to deactivate your user name or password due to security concerns.

You are solely responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your user name and password and for any charges, costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, and losses we incur or may suffer as a result of your failure to do so. You, and not us, are solely responsible and liable for your activity, behavior, use, and conduct on the website and for any use of the website or any other activity or conduct in connection with the website, by any others who use your user name or password, unless and until you notify us that your user name or password may have been compromised, misappropriated, or improperly taken or used by another party. We retain the right to disclose your user information to third parties for the purpose of administering and maintaining services on the website.

Fair Use Quotes

The fair use clause applies to the 4empowerment website and the grs.4empower.com Site: if you are writing a review or commentary about www.4empowerment.com or Green Ribbon Schools Program, you are free to illustrate your review or commentary with one or more screenshots of the website without special permission.

Although there is no rule that requires this, it would be considerate if any quote were supplemented by a link to the full article on www.4empowerment.com or grs.4empower.com so that any interested readers can retrieve the original context from which the quote was pulled.


Use for educational purposes. Any and/or all of the text at www.4empowerment.com and grs.4empower.com may be reproduced in a printed document for educational, non-profit purposes only, but credit must be attributed to 4empowerment by referencing this website by URL (www.4empowerment.com) or grs.4empower.com when referencing the Green Ribbon Schools Site on the same document this information is reproduced so that everyone knows from where it came, and that none of the text be modified or altered in any way. If you would like to add your own comments you may do so – just include them in parenthesis with a note that establishes that the comments are not ours. This is limited to printed documents of an educational nature only, with no lucrative purpose. This information may not be distributed on a CD or hard disk, or reproduced on another web page, whatever the nature or purpose. If you are interested in referring your readers to one or more of our articles, then simply use a hypertext link to the original article stored on www.4empowerment.com or grs.4empower.com.


We reserve the right, at any time, and from time to time, for any reason with our sole discretion, to change the terms of this agreement. We will post notices of changes on the website and we may also e-mail you about these changes. Once we post them on the website, these changes become effective immediately and if you use the website after they become effective, it will signify your agreement to be bound by the changes. You should check back frequently and review the terms and conditions of this agreement regularly so you are aware of the most current rights and obligations that apply to you and the terms and conditions of your agreement with us.

Jurisdictional Issues

This Site is controlled and operated by 4empowerment from its offices within the State of Texas, United States of America. 4empowerment makes no representation that materials in the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions of Use, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:
1607 Waterston
Austin, TX 78703

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