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Penny Taylor
Project Contact
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-9522
Fax: (850) 245-5116


About 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. 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/

The Green Ribbon Schools program is a national initiative with over 40 states participating. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (USED-GRS) recognition award honors schools 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 STEM, 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 four schools 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 Florida Green Ribbon Schools district and school application can be accessed online at Florida Green School Network beginning October 1, 2013 and will be open for submission until November 29, 2013.

Deadlines

The timeline for Green Ribbon District and School pre-selection, nomination and USED-GRS final selection is provided below.
  • District and school application submissions to Florida Department of Education due by November 29, 2013.
  • Florida Department of Education nominee submissions due to USED-GRS by February 1, 2014.
  • U.S. Department of Education selection of nominees will be on April 22, 2014.
  • Award ceremony will be held July 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.