2015 U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Awardees in Florida Announced!!

Today the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees. We are pleased to inform that the three Florida schools nominated are among the 58 schools and 14 districts nationwide that were honored for their exemplary efforts this year. Congratulations:

  • Manatee Elementary School, Viera,
  • Pine View School for the Gifted, Osprey
  • Odyssey Charter School, Palm Bay

A full list of awardees can be accessed here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html.

Come and join statewide EARTH DAY Events!!

earthday2The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with organizations statewide to host state park cleanups, educational workshops and celebratory festivals. All Florida residents and visitors across the state are invited to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22 and to join numerous events throughout the week of April 18-26.

For a complete list of DEP-affiliated Earth Day events throughout to the state,
click here.

FL children and their families can enjoy a new type of “prescription”!

DOH_logoThe Nature Play “Prescription” Program was proudly launched by the
Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
and Get Outdoors Florida in 2014, this year the program is expanding! The program was designed to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s award winning state parks.

As part of the program, healthcare professional’s give out “prescriptions” that offer children and their families free one-time entry into a state park. This year 25,000 “prescriptions” will be distributed across 51 counties, so next time you visit your Dr. don’t forget to ask for a Nature Play Prescription!  For more information on this program, visit: http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/

Getting recognition for green school efforts

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This article featured in the INSIDER (a publication from the Florida School Plant Management Association) written by Don Whitehead, AIA, LEED AP, Office of Educational Facilities, Florida Department of Education, explains how schools and districts can get recognition for their green initiatives both at state and national level and why it makes sense for schools and districts to go GREEN! It also highlights all the schools and districts that have received a Florida Green School Award since 2008.

Access article here: http://issuu.com/delcomminc/docs/fspma_2015winter_web (pages 14-16)

 

Attention Central Florida Students!

The Green Arts Program has launched a Film and Visual Arts Contest for Central Florida students!!!

Create artistic submissions, in multi-media categories, on sustainable living topics! Apply science, technology and the arts to express ideas regarding real world problems.

  • All students, Grades 3 through 12, in Orange and Seminole Counties are eligible!
  • FREE to enter!
  • Win local film and art summer program scholarships and other great prizes!
  • Enter January 5 – March 2, 2015.

Contest Topics – Choose from four sustainability topics: 1) Reduce/Reuse/Recycle; 2) Watersheds and Water Quality; 3) Agriculture, Food and Gardening; or 4) Animals and Habitat Protection.

Find more information here: http://greenartsprogram.org/wordpress/?page_id=140