The Florida Department of Education is pleased to announce that Florida will participate for the third year in the US-ED Green Ribbon Schools recognition. We are eager for Florida schools and school districts to apply for this important national recognition.  Each state will be allowed to nominate up to four schools and one school district for the 2013-14 national award. To find out more about this national honor and to access the applications, please click HERE.

We look forward to receiving your 2013-2014 applications!!

Green Purchasing for Schools: Save Money and Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Did you know that K-12 schools in the U.S. use about 6 million trees for the paper they buy? Or that K-12 schools are responsible for about 8% of U.S. carbon emissions? Join the Responsible Purchasing Network and the Green Schools Initiative for a Back-to-School webinar, a part of the Green Strides series from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn how to specify and find affordable products that will reduce waste and pollution, save energy and water, and safeguard health. The webinar will highlight green purchasing best practices in categories such as office supplies and equipment, cleaning supplies, art supplies, furniture, and interior paints.

Please register here:

Don’t Miss Out – Early Bird Special: Learn Green Conference!

LGCAttention educators, administrators, students, community members & environmental professionals interested on green schools (curriculum, classroom activities & projects, building & design), save the date for the Fifth Annual LEARN GREEN Conference, November 11, 2013 – 8:00am-4:30pm

Take advantage of the Early Bird Special: Only $5 for students and $20 for teachers!

To learn more please visit:

SWIX: Connecting Waste Generators with Waste Users

The Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX), has as a primary objective the recycling and reuse of solid and hazardous waste. It is a non-profit clearinghouse and repository for businesses, institutions, and government agencies looking for information regarding:

  • Market development
  • Recycled products
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Alternative and emerging waste management technologies
  • Technical reports
  • The availability of and demand for waste materials; and more…

We invite you to view the following video to learn more about SWIX:

2nd Annual Green Apple Day of Service – Sept. 28, 2013.

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read last year’s highlights and register your 2013 project today!