13-14 Florida Green School Awards – Districts Closing Date Sep. 15th!

There is still time to submit an application for the 13-14 Florida Green School Awards. Friday, September 15th is the last day for School Districts to submit applications for this statewide recognition program. Two options are available this year:

To find Word and PDF versions of these applications, click HERE. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2nd Annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour – Florida

strides-design_original_cropThe U.S. E.D. announced the 2014 “Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students” Best Practices Tour.  The annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour will visit Florida on September 2014 and spotlight school environmental health and past US-ED Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Honorees. During the tour, federal, state and local visitors will bring attention to how school facilities, health and wellness, and environmental education affect equity and achievement and highlight best practices that states, districts and schools are using to improve the overall wellness, productivity, and achievement of occupants through health, safety, and educational improvements.

For a detailed schedule of the visits please click HERE. We hope to see you there!

FGSA – DISTRICT DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sept. 15th!!

EXTENDED-DEADLINEGreat news…The application deadline for School Districts to apply for the 2013-2014 Florida Green School Awards has been EXTENDED until September 15th, 2014!  This extension will provide Districts the necessary time to receive all of their data reports from the 2013-2014 school year.

Applications for PROJECTS and SCHOOLS are due JULY 25th!

Smart Snacks in Florida’s Schools – Take Action!

untitledIn 2013, the USDA released updated nutrition standards for snack and a la carte foods and beverages. The updated standards, called “Smart Snacks in School,” are a great start toward giving our kids the healthy choices they need in school.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working on the state rule now.

We need your help to create policies that ensure these standards are implemented in order to make healthy snacks a reality in every school in Florida. You can help by telling the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that you want our kids to have healthy choices in schools! Click HERE to let the department know what they can do to make our schools healthier.