Dr. JP Keener
Director - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Florida Department of Education -Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida.
Director, Healthy Schools
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
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 Florida Green student/teacher/class projects, district and school application, can be accessed online at Florida Green School Network and will be open for submission until July 25, 2014.
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 2014-15 Florida Green Ribbon School and District Application will be available in the fall.
United States Department of Education Awarded Florida GRS Schools and Districts
2014 - Third Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition ProgramThe Broward County School District was one of only nine districts in the nation receiving the prestigious Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.
2013 - Second Annual Green Ribbon Schools Recognition ProgramTwo Florida schools were among 64 schools in the nation awarded. The USED spotlighted their exemplary efforts in making their schools healthier, safer, more cost efficient, and sustainable for all to emulate.
One Florida district out of only 14 school districts in the nation was selected to receive the inaugural Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.