Science, Healthy Schools, and The Office of Educational Facilities Proudly Support Green SchoolsFlorida has an established green school state network, and beginning in 2011, also joined the national Green Ribbon School Initiative.
The Florida Green School Network acts as a central clearinghouse for the green school movement in the state of Florida and supports Florida Statute 1000.08. It was designed to recognize and support green school initiatives at the school and school district level and to aid them in adopting practices that will conserve natural resources, promote sustainability and reduce operating costs. To learn more about the Florida Green School Network, please click the following link: http://www.floridagreenschoolnetwork.org/about-us/
In 2016, the Florida Green School Network recognized seven school districts and six schools for their outstanding achievements.
Districts and achievement level
- The School District of Palm Beach County - Gold
- Broward County Public Schools - Silver
- Duval County Public Schools - Silver
- Pasco County Public Schools - Bronze
- Hernando County Public Schools - Bronze
- Lake County Public Schools - Bronze
- Nassau County Public Schools - Bronze
Green Schools receiving high-status recognition:
- Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood
- Northboro Elementary School, West Palm Beach
- Bright Futures Academy Charter School, Palm Beach Gardens
- Air Base K-8 Center, Homestead
- Castle Creek Elementary School, Orlando
- Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville
Schools and districts interested in being recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School or Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardee for the 2017-2018 school year, will be required to participate in the state's 2016-2017 green recognition program. Visit the FGSN website for more details.
The Green Ribbon Schools program is a national initiative with over 40 states participating. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (USED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates science, mathematics, technology, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (USED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.
Each state is able to nominate up to five schools and/or districts that have shown significant progress in achieving success in the programs three pillars: 1) environmental impact and energy efficiency, 2) healthy school environments, and 3) environmental and sustainability education. Basic information about the national initiative can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html. The 2016-17 Florida Green Ribbon School and District Application will be available in the fall. Interesting and helpful district and school awardee innovative strategies and best practices from previous years can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html.
United States Department of Education Awarded Florida GRS Schools and Districts
2016 - Fifth Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition
On Earth Day, two districts and one Florida school received the prestigious national Green Ribbon Schools designation by the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognized Alachua and Orange County School Districts and Beachside Montessori Village School in Broward County for their efforts to reduce environmental costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and provide learning opportunities focused on the environment that incorporate science, mathematics, technology, civic skills, and green pathways.
Only 15 districts and 47 schools across the nation received this distinguished Green Ribbon School award in 2016. These school districts and schools fully embrace the connection between student achievement and a healthy learning environment.
2015 - Fourth Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition
On Earth Day, three Florida schools received the prestigious national Green Ribbon Schools designation by the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognized Manatee Elementary School and Odyssey Charter School in Brevard County and Pine View School for the Gifted in Sarasota County for their efforts to reduce environmental costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and provide learning opportunities focused on the environment that incorporate science, mathematics, technology, civic skills, and green pathways. Only fifty-eight schools across the nation received this distinguished Green Ribbon School award in 2015.
2014 - Third Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition ProgramThe Broward County School District was one of only nine districts in the nation receiving the prestigious Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.
2013 - Second Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition ProgramTwo Florida schools were among 64 schools in the nation awarded. The USED spotlighted their exemplary efforts in making their schools healthier, safer, more cost efficient, and sustainable for all to emulate.
One Florida district out of only 14 school districts in the nation was selected to receive the inaugural Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.
2012-Inaugural National Green Ribbon Schools Recognition ProgramThree Florida schools were among 78 schools in 29 states named as 2012 Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Learning Gate Community School in Hillsborough County
- Pine Jog Elementary School in Palm Beach County
- TERRA Environmental Research Institute in Dade County
Director of Science, Mathematics & Instructional Technology
Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
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Director, Healthy Schools
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Senior Architect, Office of Educational Facilities
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