Presenting the 2015-2016 Annual Florida Green School and District Awardees

In its 8th year, the annual statewide Green School and District Awards Program, sponsored by the Florida Green School Network (FGSN), recognized the efforts of Florida’s K-12 schools and school districts working to strengthen their efficiency, wellness, and academic achievement.

Below are the seven school districts and six schools awarded this year for their outstanding achievements:

Districts and level achieved

  • The School District of Palm Beach County – Gold
  • Broward County Public Schools – Silver
  • Duval County Public Schools – Silver
  • Pasco County Public Schools – Bronze
  • Hernando County Public Schools- Bronze
  • Lake County Public Schools – Bronze
  • Nassau County Public Schools – Bronze

Top Green Schools

  • Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood
  • Northboro Elementary School, West Palm Beach
  • Bright Futures Academy Charter School, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Air Base K-8 Center, Homestead
  • Castle Creek Elementary School, Orlando
  • Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville

The 2015-2016 environmental reduction impacts generated by the collective efforts from all the participants are remarkable: nearly 44 million kWh of electricity, over 48 million gallons of water and more than 50 million pounds of recycled materials were saved. More than 45,000 people were directly reached by the green school initiatives and nearly $9 million in gross cost savings were generated.

Since its beginning in 2008, the Florida Green School Program has reported over $113 million in gross costs savings generated from the participants’ green efforts.

The awards will be presented by a FGSN representative at each of the awardees’ school Board meeting in the upcoming months.

The successful “How Low Can You Go?” challenge is gaining power and growing statewide! Register your school TODAY!

howlowcanyougo-2The successful “How Low Can You Go?” program has been recognized by the FGSN, the Miami HEAT, NOAA, and the White House as an innovative way to raise awareness of the effects of CO2 emissions on the environment and change behaviors. This competition is now open to all schools in Florida! The How Low Can You Go Energy Efficiency Challenge is a fun way to learn about energy conservation and become mindful of how the choices we make everyday impact our Earth. The competition to reduce energy consumption at school sites begins on November 15th, so time is of the essence. Contact and registration information can be found on here:

http://www.howlowcanyougochallenge.com/

FL Green Schools: 4 Days Left! Don’t miss the chance to receive state recognition for your green efforts!‏

4_DAYS_LEFT_2There are FOUR DAYS LEFT to submit a FLORIDA GREEN SCHOOL PROFILE form. The deadline for schools to apply is this Friday: September 9th, 2016.
 The deadline for districts to submit a 2015-2016 FLORIDA GREEN DISTRICT form is September 23rd, 2016
 Participating school districts will receive a Ranking Level (Gold, Silver, Bronze) based on the score generated by their reported data and the percentage of schools submitting a Green School Profile under that district. From the Green School profiles received, the top schools will be recognized by the state’s program.
Encourage your schools to participate!
  • SCHOOLS – Submit form HERE
  • DISTRICTS – Submit form HERE

Congratulations 2016 Florida Green Ribbon School and District Awardees!!

GRS Ceremony DC July 2016Congratulations to our incredible 2016 Florida Green Ribbon School and District Awardees!! On July 20th, the U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. congratulated the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on their achievements during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Two Florida school districts out of 15 districts and one Florida school out of 47 schools received a sustainably-crafted plaque and were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. In addition, 11 colleges and universities were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award. The 2016 Florida Green Ribbon School and District Sustainability Awardees are: Beachside Montessori Village, Hollywood, Broward County Public Schools; Alachua County Public Schools; and Orange County School District.

View the list of all selected schools and districts and summaries of each of the 73 honorees. The video can be accessed here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=t0QuhcncNnA