Green Schools


Science, Healthy Schools, and The Office of Educational Facilities Proudly Support Green Schools

Florida 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/

For the 2016-2017 school year, Florida's Green School Network recognized seven school districts and six schools for their outstanding achievements.

Districts and achievement level

  1. The School District of Palm Beach County - Gold
  2. Broward County Public Schools - Silver
  3. Duval County Public Schools - Silver
  4. Pasco County Public Schools - Bronze
  5. Hernando County Public Schools - Bronze
  6. Lake County Public Schools - Bronze
  7. Nassau County Public Schools - Bronze

Green Schools receiving high-status recognition:

  1. Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood
  2. Northboro Elementary School, West Palm Beach
  3. Bright Futures Academy Charter School, Palm Beach Gardens
  4. Air Base K-8 Center, Homestead
  5. Castle Creek Elementary School, Orlando
  6. 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 implemented through the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (USED-GRS) Program. The USED-GRS recognition award honors schools and districts 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 2017-18 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 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

2017 - Sixth Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition

On April 24, 2017, one Florida district and four Florida schools received the prestigious national Green Ribbon Schools designation by the U.S. Department of Education. Duval County School District was recognized as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardee. Air Base K-8 Center, Castle Creek Elementary, Surfside Elementary and Wilton Manors Elementary schools were recognized as 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 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 ­­­­nine districts and 45 schools across the nation received this distinguished Green Ribbon Schools award in 2017. This school district and these schools fully embrace the connection between student achievement and a healthy learning environment.

2016 - Fifth Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition

Alachua and Orange County School Districts were designated as 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardees. Beachside Montessori Village School in Broward County was designated as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Only ­­­­15 districts and 47 schools across the nation received this distinguished Green Ribbon School award in 2016.

Alachua County Public Schools, Florida

Orange County School District, Florida

Beachside Montessori Village, Hollywood, Broward County

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.

Manatee Elementary School, Brevard County District Schools

Odyssey Charter School, Brevard County School District

Pine View School for the Gifted, Sarasota County District Schools

2014 - Third Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program

The 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 Program

Two 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 Program

Three Florida schools were among 78 schools in 29 states named as 2012 Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Contacts

Penny Taylor
Director, Healthy Schools
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9522
Penny.Taylor@fldoe.org

PJ Duncan
Secondary Science Specialist
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 424
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0808
Patricia.Duncan@fldoe.org

Don S. Whitehead, AIA
Senior Architect, Office of Educational Facilities
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1054
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9295