||June 21 for Projects (students, teachers and class) and
||July 12 School Districts
In 2009, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP), the
Florida Department of Education (DOE)
and a host of community partners, recognized the environmental achievements
of students, teachers, classes, schools and school districts through the
first annual Florida Green School Awards.
Announced during Earth Day at the Capitol on April 22, 2009, the
Florida Green School Awards will be presented each
year and will present green school awards in five categories:
Applications should address one or more of the five approved green school
4. schools and
5. school districts.
- Green Learning Environments: The Green Learning Environments theme
includes efforts that green the school facilities, or school grounds by
addressing the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and
social) while integrating learning into each one. Efforts may include
projects that promote healthy learning environments (indoors and out),
enhance or restore school grounds, or reduce waste and promote resource use
- Exemplary Programs in Curriculum and Teaching: The Exemplary
Programs in Curriculum and Teaching theme addresses systematic efforts to
use the local environment or environmental topics to enhance the curriculum
in any subject. This theme also includes efforts that enhance a teacher’s
capacity to integrate green school instructional materials into the
curriculum, make use of green school facilities, improve their knowledge of
green schools, or improve their delivery of green school lessons/activities.
- Service Learning: The Service Learning theme emphasizes efforts that
integrate service and learning with a special emphasis on local
environmental service projects that strengthen relationships between the
school and the community and foster a sense of stewardship.
- Policy and
Partnerships: The Policy and Partnerships theme focuses on successful
policies that establish a broader foundation for green Schools and/or
partnerships that engage private sector, universities, government agencies
or non-profit groups in support of green School efforts.
- Recycling: The
recycling theme revolves around efforts to promote, enhance, sustain and
increase recycling efforts of all types of materials at schools or school
- The 2012-2013 Florida Green School Awards Program application period is
NOW OPEN! We encourage all students, faculty and administrators from K-12 schools (public or private) to participate in this statewide award program. The information provided on the application, should reflect achievements from the 2012-2013 school year (7/1/12 – 6/30/13). NOMINATION DEADLINE:
June 21 (EXTENDED) for Projects (students, teachers and class)
and Schools and July 12 for School Districts.
- PROJECTS (students, teachers and class), please
- SCHOOLS and SCHOOL DISTRICTS, please
Three finalists in each category will be identified and invited to a formal awards ceremony which will take place in the Fall of 2013, where the statewide winners will be announced.
- The 2011-2012 green school projects led by our participants generated over
$20.2 million in cost savings. Since 2008, over $36 million have been saved through Green School Projects in Florida.
- The Florida Green School Awards program has become part of a larger Network, the
Florida Green School Network; a partnership between Florida’s DEP, DOE, DOH, and Sustainable Florida.
Learn more about the finalists from previous years by viewing the print programs:
For more information on the Florida Green School
Awards please contact Greg Ira at 245-2132 or e-mail:
Florida Announces its Participation in the National Green Ribbon Schools
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the Green Ribbon Schools program which recognizes schools that have demonstrated exemplary achievement in all three Pillars and every element:
Green Ribbon Schools Pillars and Elements
1. Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency
Reduced or eliminated
greenhouse gas emissions; Improved water quality, efficiency, and
conservation; Reduced solid and hazardous waste production; Expanded use of
2. Healthy School Environments
school environmental health program; High standards of nutrition, fitness,
and quantity of quality outdoor time [ 3 ] for both students and staff.
Environmental and Sustainability Education
environmental, energy and human systems; STEM content; Development of civic
engagement in the community.
The recognition award is part of a larger U.S.
ED effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to
result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation
rates and workforce preparedness. It is also a government-wide effort aimed
to increase energy independence and economic security.
In the 2nd year of
this program, the Florida DOE nominated two FL schools and the first school
district which have been recognized and will be awarded in Washington, DC at
the US-ED awards ceremony in June 2013. The 2013 Florida GRS honorees are:
Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness, Broward County;
Paul Lutheran School, Polk County; and the School District of Palm Beach County.
The GRS application period is now CLOSED. The 2014 application period should
be open in October-November 2013.
To review the 2013 GRS Application for planning purposes, please download
this application here:
2013 Green Ribbon Schools Application (PDF).
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Penny
Taylor(Penny.Taylor@fldoe.org) or Romina Sola (Romina.Sola@dep.state.fl.us).
Green Ribbon Schools Timeline:
- School Application submissions to Florida Department of Education due by
November 30, 2012
- Florida Department of Education nominee submissions due
by February 15th, 2013
- U.S Department of Education selection of nominees
will be on April 22nd, 2013
- Award ceremony held June 3rd, 2013 in
Learn more about the
Green Ribbon Schools Award.