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NOMINATION DEADLINES: June 21 for Projects (students, teachers and class) and Schools Extended
  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:

1. students,
2. classrooms,
3. teachers,
4. schools and
5. school districts.
Applications should address one or more of the five approved green school themes:
  • 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 efficiency.
  • 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 district facilities.
    • 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 APPLY HERE.
    • SCHOOLS and SCHOOL DISTRICTS, please APPLY HERE. 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: Greg.Ira@dep.state.fl.us

    Florida Announces its Participation in the National Green Ribbon Schools Program

    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 alternative transportation.

    2. Healthy School Environments
    An integrated school environmental health program; High standards of nutrition, fitness, and quantity of quality outdoor time [ 3 ] for both students and staff.

    3. Environmental and Sustainability Education
    Interdisciplinary learning: 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; St. 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 Washington, DC

    Learn more about the Green Ribbon Schools Award.


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