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

 

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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