The 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/
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)
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
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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November 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