Cost of Entry:
Lincoln Park Academy,
April 13, 2013
The Treasure Coast Branch of the USGBC South Florida Chapter and its sponsors are proud to announce Generation Green 2013. This annual event recognizes and honors individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region for their commitment to greening schools and our community. Apple Awards will be given in the following categories:
|Green Superintendent / Dean
|Green School Board Member / Trustee
||Green Teacher / Faculty / Staff|
|Green Principal / Department Head
|Green School / Campus
An independent panel of judges will evaluate applications and select the winners of each category.
To secure Call for Entry Guidelines and Entry Form, click on the preceding links.
In general, nominees will be evaluated based on their demonstration of a commitment to integrating a culture of sustainability into their schools'/districts' values, operations and lifestyles of those they serve, as well as, of course, individuals' (students, faculty, administrators) singular commitments to sustainability. Nominees will also be evaluated on their demonstrated leadership, advocacy and commitment to the advancement of the Mission of the USGBC in the marketplace and in the community.
Generation Green 2013 is honored to have Joseph Sanches as its Keynote Speaker.
Sanches, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council's national Board of Directors, is the Executive Vice President of D. Stephenson Construction and the former Chief of Support Operations for the Palm Beach County School District, the 11th largest school district in the country with a student enrollment of more than 177,000 students in 185 schools. While at the Palm Beach County School District, Sanches oversaw an annual budget in excess of $374 million and a staff of more than 1,600 employees. He was the senior executive responsible for the District’s 29 million square feet of facilities, as well as overseeing the transporting of more than 60,000 students each day. Under his leadership, the Palm Beach County School District built or rebuilt 90 schools and managed more than $2 billion of construction projects. He is recognized for bringing sustainability and the green-school philosophy to the Palm Beach County School District; opening the first LEED Gold school in Florida (Pine Jog Elementary) and hiring one of the first school district sustainability coordinators in the country. Sanches also implemented several policies on recycling as well as energy and water conservation, which has resulted in savings of more than $14 million in the last four years. Upon announcing that he was returning to the private sector, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Wayne Gent said, "Joe's done a phenomenal job. He just has a tremendous track record. It (construction program) was a model for other school districts to follow."
Generation Green has a huge upside for sponsors, not the least of which is association with our regions' students, teachers, administrators and schools. To learn more about partnering with the USGBC and the Treasure Coast Branch to drive home the importance of greening our schools and educating our children, and to learn more about Generation Green, contact Niki Norton-Gozdz (772-287-7330).
Generation Green 2013 Sponsors
The USGBC proudly partners with the following companies as sponsors of Generation Green 2013:
« "Many times children feel that their voices cannot be heard or that they cannot make a difference. Winning the 2012 Green Apple Award for Green Classroom made the Recycling Rock Stars realize that, 'Small Hands can Make a World of Difference.' For a teacher, that is not a grade, that is priceless." ~ Stella Fulleda, Fourth Grade BASE (Bilingual Academy of Spanish and English) Teacher, Central Elementary School in Okeechobee.
« "Generation Green 2012 was an excellent event that offered a great opportunity to recognize many Green Schools programs. The kids and teachers of many of the Treasure Coast's schools shined with many wonderful green sustainable programs and volunteer efforts. It makes me proud to see what great sustainable education accomplishments were achieved. The Treasure Coast Branch did a super job for this annual recognition program. Pirtle Construction was grateful to have been a sponsor.". ~ Gary Pirtle, Vice-President, Pirtle Construction
« "The Generation Green USGBC South Florida Treasure Coast Chapter did an amazing job of recognizing our students' green initiatives at the Apple Awards last year. Around seven of our Team Green fourth grade members attended and they all enjoyed the day. We won the student division and they were thrilled! We proudly display our Apple Award in the front office for all to see as they enter our school. The setting, food and prizes were great and an added plus! Thank you to Niki and her team along with Waste Management for their dedication and commitment to recognizing our schools green initiatives!" ~ Kyle Abney, Abney+Abney Green Solutions
« "The green schools movement is the biggest thing to advance education since the introduction of technology in the classroom. I'm proud of our Treasure Coast Branch for creating Generation Green and for reaching so many children, faculty and parents in the first year, and I look forward to participating in the event again this year. Where our kids learn matters!" ~ Celeste E. Norup, National Board Certified, M.C.G., Bessey Creek Elementary, Fourth Grade Teacher
« "I was honored to have been included in the Treasure Coast Branch’s Generation Green 2012 awards and event last April. It was inspiring to see the commitment of the students, teachers and communities to improve their learning environments and teach valuable lessons about sustainability. There is great work going in schools across the country and around the world; thank you USGBC South Florida for recognizing these great local leaders!". ~ Emily Riordan, USGBC Center for Green Schools and Keynote Speaker for Generation Green 2012