The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizes schools that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources through the Green School Designation Program. The program’s environmental guidelines help Florida primary and secondary schools evaluate operations, set goals and take specific actions to improve environmental performance.
As of December 1, 2022, there are 48 Designated schools.
Below are the latest schools to gain Green Apple Designation in the Florida Green School Designation Program.
Jupiter Elementary School, Jupiter, Florida.
Arbor Ridge K-8, Orlando, Florida.
Palmer Trinity School, Palmetto Bay, Florida.
The Sanibel School, Sanibel, Florida.
Lake Worth Community High School, Lake Worth, Florida.
Pinecrest Elementary achieves Gold Apple status
On Jun. 1, 2022, Pinecrest Elementary located in Pinecrest become the fourth school in the Program to achieve Gold Apple status and third school in Dade county. Pinecrest Elementary achieved their Green Apple status on Oct. 30, 2017 and spent the following years working within their school and community to improve their environmental performance. All students participated in and displayed the Plan(T) Eco Art Project at school with community partner and local artist, by caring for and taking home a mangrove propagule to plant in the community. Students were encouraged to raise awareness about climate change with their families at home by planting their propagule in their front yards along with signs that encourage their neighbors to ask questions about the project. Pinecrest also has a "Quench buggy" at school events, which is a mobile water station that provides free drinking water to eliminate the need to sell single-use plastic water bottles.
Way to go Pinecrest Elementary!
Driftwood Middle School Academy of Environmental Health and Wellness achieves Gold Apple status
On May 4, 2022, Driftwood Middle Academy of Environmental Health and Wellness located in Hollywood achieved Gold Apple status shortly after receiving Silver Apple status earlier in the year. Driftwood Middle achieved their Green Apple status on Apr. 30, 2018 and spent the following years working within their school and community to improve their environmental performance. Just to name a few, they have a Naturescape partnership, participate in Beach Clean-ups, Campus Clean-up and provided Water Kits to students to take home. The cafeteria uses bio-degradable lunch packaging for faculty lunch which includes paper straws instead of plastic.
Driftwood becomes the first school in Broward County to achieve this level of designation.
Palmetto Elementary achieves Gold Apple status
On May 3, 2022, Palmetto Elementary located in Pinecrest become the second school in the Program to achieve Gold Apple status. A few of their initiatives include, incorporating environmental lesson which are prepared for each grade, and liked with the science pacing guide for that grade. Energy Audits are conducted by the PEP Green Team which includes getting students involved in the audits. They also hold a drive to collect used school uniforms from students which are then cleaned and provided to free to students who may be in need.
Palmetto Elementary becomes the second Gold Apple school in the Program as well as the second school in Dade County to achieve this level of designation.
Griffin Elementary achieves Bronze Apple status
On Apr. 26, 2022, Griffin Elementary located in Cooper City become the first school in the Program to achieve Bronze Apple status. Griffin Elementary achieved their Green Apple status on Apr. 12, 2018 and spent the following years working within their school and community to improve their environmental performance. They even partnered with the school District's Food & Nutrition Services and Feeding South Florida to restart their food rescue program.
The Florida Green School Designation Program has launched a web-based interactive GIS Map of all ACTIVE designated schools.
Select the map image to access the Green School Designation Program's interactive map and begin exploring Florida's Green Schools that are designated as either Green Apple, Bronze Apple, Silver Apple or Gold Apple! Schools with PENDING Applications are also noted.
Students and staff have online access to best management practices, technical assistance and green resources that can help teach students and staff how to lower power, water and waste bills, and help reduce operational costs in many areas.
Schools receive an official Florida Green School designation certificate signifying their environmental achievement and commitment to protecting Florida’s natural resources.
Designated schools are featured on the Florida Green School GIS map online.
Designees are granted exclusive use of the Green School Designation logo and Green Resources, featuring templates, logos and design files to create classroom signage as well as educational posters and displays for common areas and in-class activities.
Designated schools are eligible to complete an application to be considered as a Florida Department of Education nominee for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.