2014-15 FL’s Green Ribbon Schools Application Now Closed

The Florida Green Ribbon Schools application period for the 2014-2015 school year is officially closed. We truly appreciate your efforts in completing this application and your interest in this program. Completed applications are now being reviewed by a statewide selection committee and undergoing a compliance screen by several state agencies.

Schools will be notified of their status by Mid-March. Selected schools and districts may need to provide additional information before applications are sent to the U.S. Department of Education (February 1st, 2015). National winners will be announced on April 22, 2015, and recognized on July, 2015 (DTA) during the fourth national U.S. ED Green Ribbon Schools ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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America Recycles Day – Nov. 15th, 2014

ard-events-logo-wideNovember 15 marks the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, America Recycles Day. Communities across Florida have participated in America Recycles Day to promote environmental citizenship and pledge to be better environmental stewards. The national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years. The current recycling rate is 34.5%. Florida is working towards reaching a 75% recycling rate by 2020… JOIN US IN RECYCLING MORE! Take your pledge, host an event, join an event, or find out more about recycling at: http://americarecyclesday.org/

Even though the official America Recycles Day is November 15th this day is celebrated throughout the fall and even through December, so you could host your event when it is best for you.

For more information please visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/AR/2014/ar14.htm

DEP LAUNCHES ‘RECYCLING SELFIE’ CHALLENGE

DEP_LOGOThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection wants to see how you recycle. Submit a selfie to our Facebook page between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25 and “like” the page to be entered to win four state park entrance passes. In your selfie, show us how you recycle – the more creative the better. Different ways to recycle include: Refilling plastic water bottles; Reusing materials to create home decorations/school projects; Buying recycled material; and Reusing boxes from purchases.

Florida DEP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FLDEP

Florida School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)

The SC3 goals of the program are to remove excess, unused, deteriorated, or out of date chemicals from schools; to identify potentially dangerous chemicals that should not be present or used at all; ensure that all chemicals are managed properly; encourage the removal of all mercury and mercury compounds from schools; and in general offer assistance to schools to improve their chemical management procedures.

The following video will help you plan and perform an inventory of your school’s chemicals. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/hazardous/pages/SC3_video.htm

More information can be found on: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/hazardous/pages/schoolchemicals.htm

2013-14 FGSA Finalists and Ceremony – FL-DEP Press Release

Press release DEPYesterday, on a Press Release the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the 6th Annual Florida Green School Awards ceremony and banquet will be held Oct. 8, in Polk County, to celebrate16 finalists for their contributions in conserving energy and water, reducing waste, reducing operational costs, promoting environmental education and students and staff wellness.

To access the Press Release, please click HERE.