The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the finalists for the 5th Annual Green School Awards. Finalists will be honored at the banquet to be held October 29, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando at 9801 International Drive in Orlando. The event will recognize those students, faculty and districts who have excelled in saving and conserving energy and water, and reducing waste.
The DEP, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health, Sustainable Florida and committed community members hold the Florida Green School Awards annually to recognize environmental achievements made by students, teachers, classes, schools and school districts around Florida.
The Green School Awards program has generated a cumulative gross cost savings since 2009 of 66 million dollars. This was accomplished through the effects of conserving electricity and water, recycling and reducing usage.
When applying, participants are asked to address one or more of the five approved green school themes:
- Green Learning Environments
- Exemplary Programs in Curriculum and Teaching
- Service Learning
- Policy and Partnerships
Several Finalists to be recognized are from the Central Florida area:
- Brevard County the AVID students from Stone Middle School
- Orange County Ocoee High School agriculture classes
- Orange County Service Learning Council from Timber Creek High School
- Polk County's teacher Deb Wagner from St. Paul Lutheran School
- Hillsborough County's teacher Sharon Cutler from Lawton Chiles Elementary
- Brevard Audubon Elementary School
- Hillsborough Lawton Chiles Elementary
For more information about Florida's Green School Awards visit the Florida Green School Network website.