Green Schools Spotlight
February's Spotlight shines on Believer's Academy in West Palm Beach. Students, teachers and administrators at Believer’s Academy wanted to do more to reduce their carbon footprint. They began by working with the Green Schools Committee of the USGBC South Florida Chapter and sought to get contacts and information about recycling. We put them in touch with Dmitriy Shvets, Sustainability Program Coordinator with the City of West Palm Beach, who provided them with recycling bins and tips for recycling and where to drop off recycled materials. We commend their efforts and look forward to hearing more success stories from them.
This is a monthly article. If you know a school, teacher, student, parent or administrator that deserves to be recognized, please contact Elena Gibson
Green Apple Day of Service
The theme is simple. Our kids deserve better. Where they learn matters.
For the second consecutive year, the volunteers with the USGBC South Florida Chapter gave support and energy to this cause. We are proud of our Branches, whose more than a half-dozen volunteer captains championed events throughout the South Florida region. To read more on these outstanding projects, click here
Generation Green's 2014
It's time for Generation Green 2014! This annual
program and awards ceremony recognizes and honors individuals, classrooms, schools and Districts in the
Treasure Coast region for their commitment to greening schools and our
community. Generation Green 2014 is being held on Saturday, April 12,
2014 from 1-4pm at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Palm
City, Florida. Entries are now being accepted. Click here for Guidelines and Entry Form.
Broward County P3
Application Dates: 02/03/2014 – 03/31/2014
CPS traditional schools, administrators, teachers, students, and volunteers - get ready for the second annual P3 Eco- Challenge: Preserving Our Planet for Posterity. Online applications will be available from February 3 through March 31, 2014.
For more information, visit the STEM & Instructional Resources website!
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Palm Beach County Green Schools Recognition Program
Deadline to Apply: March 7, 2014
At the Office of Sustainability, we are continuously looking for ways to help schools and educators integrate sustainability into their classrooms. We are expanding our support to the education community by launching the Green Our Schools initiative. A goal of this initiative is to have all of City of West Palm Beach schools participating in and taking advantage of the resources provided by the Palm Beach County Green Schools Recognition program (for more information on this program please see the “About the PBC Green Schools Recognition Program” section below). Given that this is a new initiative, we will be gauging interest in this program and using it to determine the level of assistance to provide to our local schools.
Assistance for West Palm Beach Schools
The City of West Palm Beach, Office of Sustainability will be assisting City public and private schools to help them get recognition for their green efforts and initiatives through the PBC Green Schools Recognition program. Whether you are applying for the first time or are a long time participant of the program we would be glad to assist you with the PBC Green Schools Recognition program’s application process and help you improve your standing within the program.
If you are interested in getting assistance with the PBC Green School Recognition program and your school is within the city limits of West Palm Beach, please reply to this email by Friday, December 20th, 2013 and include the following information:
- Your full name, job title, and contact information (office phone and email)
- Your principal's name and contact information (office phone and email)
- Your school's name and address
- The best times for us to contact you during the week
Our office will be following up with you via a call to discuss your needs and provide assistance.
Assistance for Palm Beach County Schools (Note – West Palm Beach has it’s own assistance program for schools located in West Palm Beach)
If your school is not within the city limits of West Palm Beach and would like assistance with the PBC Green Schools Recognition program, please contact Susan Toth, Director of Education at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, (561) 686-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the PBC Green Schools Recognition Program
The PBC Green Schools Recognition Program encourages cultures of sustainability within school communities. This program recognizes schools for taking a holistic approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. Incentives to participate in the program include: 1) Visibility as a model for sustainability in your community and among Martin and Palm Beach County schools, 2) Invitation to the Green School Awards Ceremony, 3) Top green schools will receive cash awards, 4) Award Banners for all Green Schools, 5) Certificates, 6) Media recognition, and 7) Green Seed Money
To participate in the PBC Green Schools Recognition program, schools have to attend a PBC Green Schools Recognition workshop and submit a GSR application. Please note that this year’s GSR’s deadline to submit an application is March 10th, 2014.
EnviroScape Interactive Models
Available to: City of West Palm Beach Schools
We have two EnviroScape models available for City of West Palm Beach teachers to borrow for free. EnviroScapes are highly interactive plastic models that provide a hands-on learning experience on environmental topics for students. The two models that we have available are: 1) a Watershed, Nonpoint Source, Stormwater Pollution and Prevention model, and 2) a Drinking Water Sources, Uses and Wastewater Treatment model. If you are interested in borrowing a model for use in your classroom, please contact us at email@example.com or 561-804-4994.
Sustainability Teacher Kits
Available to: All Schools
The City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability offers 4 types of sustainability kits that teach water conservation, energy conservation, environmental awareness and connect students with the outdoors. These kits come complete with lesson plans and are available for check-out at the 3rd Floor-Kidspace in the Mandel Public Library on 411 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
For more information click here. Please note that you do not need to live in West Palm Beach to receive a library card and check out these kits.
Online Resources for Teachers
Available to: All Schools
The City of West Palm Beach also offers additional resources to teachers online at the Office of Sustainability’s website. These include sustainability lesson plans and links to helpful resources for educators. For more information click here.
PB County Green Schools Blog
Check out the new blog created for those interested in greening Palm Beach County Schools. Created by Audrey Dalton, Chair of the Palm Beach Branch's Green Schools Committee, it offers a new twist on communications concerning this important initiative. Please send announcements, photos, etc., but only if they pertain to Palm Beach County Schools.
Green Schools Challenge
Application is open now. The GSC is free to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For more information on the Challenge, click here.
To join, contact Dream in Green or call 305-576-3500. To download the 2013/2014 Registration Application, click here.
Other Local Green Schools Websites
Information is power. And green-building information is, seemingly, everywhere. Below you will find links to resources to help you learn more about the importance of greening our schools, new and existing. Many more can be found by searching such key words as high-performance green schools, healthy schools, LEED for Schools, energy-efficient schools, greening K12 curriculum, etc.
If you wish to add a resource website to this listing, send your suggestion to Lee Cooke, our Chapter’s Executive Director. Your submission will be vetted by the Chapter’s volunteer leadership.
The links provided below are shown for reference only. The USGBC South Florida Chapter is not responsible nor can be held liable for any linked content, claims or representations within the websites listed.
Of course, we start our Green Schools Resources List with the US Green Building Council. The USGBC provides a wealth of resources and education tied to this critically important subject. Here are three outstanding pages well worth a click and your time:
Our region's respective school districts' green schools initiatives can be found by clicking below on the name of the district or the bullets underneath it. If there is no hotlink provided, the Chapter hasn't sourced that particular district's website tied to green schools. Please send requests regarding posts to Lee Cooke.
School districts in the following counties have not submitted green-schools websites: Indian River, St. Lucie. Okeechobee, Martin, and Miami-Dade.
Palm Beach -- The PBCounty School District's Green Schools and Sustainability Website; The PBCounty School District's Green Schools Recognition Program; PBCounty Schools Go Green;
PBCounty's Green Schools Initiatives and Lessons Learned
Broward -- Broward County Schools -- Environmental Stewardship
Our State of Florida's green schools initiatives can be found here: Serve to Preserve; Sustainable Florida; Florida Green School Network
The Green Education Foundation provides lots of free, green curriculum, signage, etc., and is a terrific network for educators.
The Environmental Protection Agency has several webpages devoted to elementary-aged children, their parents and teachers: Environmental Kids Club; Energy Star Kids
The US Department of Energy offers green energy K-12 lesson plans and activities that are downloadable here. Topics include Energy Basics, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Environment, Solar Energy and more.
The US Department of Energy also has an EnergySmart Schools section of its excellent website. Also, check out: Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program; US Energy Information Administration -- Energy Kids