Miami -Dade County (MDC) has announced that Dream in Green, Inc. is the recipient of an Environmental Education Community-based Grant and will receive funding for the implementation of its Green Schools Challenge starting in October 2013. MDC received 19 applications from environmental non-profits countywide making the process very competitive. DIG scored the highest of all applicants with a score of 98.8!
"Dream in Green is honored to receive the opportunity to continue expanding the Green Schools Challenge in Miami-Dade schools. We are extremely grateful to Miami-Dade County for its ongoing support." said Nick Gunia, President and Co-Founder of Dream in Green.
The Green Schools Challenge began in 2006 and has expanded from three to 165 K-12 schools in Miami-Dade. In the first seven years of the program, students saved schools approximately $9.5 million in energy costs while conserving 13.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity through simple low- and no-cost solutions like turning off lights and unplugging electronics. Combined with other projects like planting trees, these student-led initiatives helped reduce or offset approximately 24.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking 1,320 homes off the electricity grid for an entire year.
This year, DIG will partner with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to also track water consumption at participating schools. In addition, the GSC will help reinforce the water conservation message in designated impaired water areas by incorporating water conversation modules into their GSC curriculum, and hosting workshops for the students' parents. These areas, as designated by Miami-Dade County, include: North Canal, Cutler Drain, Snapper Creek, Coral Gables Waterway, Miami Canal, Miami River, Little River, Biscayne Canal, and Snake Creek.
For more about visit: http://www.dreamingreen.org