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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2011
CONTACT: DEP Press Office, (850) 245-2112

Florida Green School Award Application for the 2010-2011 School Year Now Open

~Online nomination form for Green School Awards now available~

TALLAHASSEE – Through collaborative efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Department of Education, the Collins Center’s Sustainable Florida Program and Florida’s Foundation, the Florida Green School Awards application is now available online. Students, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to apply now through June 21, 2011.

The Florida Green School Awards will recognize activities and projects that take place during the 2010-2011 school year, including efforts related to recycling; green learning environments (including indoor and outdoor facilities); exemplary green curriculum or teacher professional development programs; green service learning projects; and green policies or partnerships. Applicants are encouraged to apply every year not only for recognition, but to document and track the impact of their programs over time.

Applications will be reviewed by a select panel of judges convened by the Sustainable Florida Program of the Collins Center for Public Policy. Fifteen finalists will be selected and invited to the formal awards ceremony, “Learn Green” Green Schools Conference and Expo in Palm Beach County in November 2011, where the five statewide winners will be announced.

The Florida Green School Awards program recognizes and documents the growing number of initiatives that generate cost savings and create healthy and productive places for learning. Over 30 finalists from across the state have received cash awards and recognition for their efforts since the program started in 2008. Last year, applicants for the Florida Green School Awards program saved $5.2 million dollars through their combined green school efforts.

To apply or nominate someone for an award, please visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/about.htm

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The Florida Green School Awards will recognize activities and projects that take place during the 2010-2011 school year.

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