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Green School Designation

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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.
Designated Green Schools create a healthier environment for students, employees and communities. Reducing water and energy use and reducing waste help lower operating costs. Learn more about Florida Green School Designation Program.

Program Updates 

As of June 4, 2024, there are 66 Designated schools. 

Welcome Aboard
Graphic of the Green Schools Green Apple Designation

Below are the latest schools to gain Green Apple Designation in the Florida Green School Designation Program.       

  • Sylvania Heights Elementary, Miami, Florida.
  • Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School, Miami, Florida
  • Riverview High School, Riverview, Florida
  • Frontier Elementary School, Loxahatchee, Florida
  • Twin Lakes Elementary, Hialeah, Florida.

Upgrade in Apple Rating

Graphic of the Green Schools Gold Apple Designation
On May 30, 2024, G.W. Carver Middle School in Coral Gables, renewed their designation and upgraded to a Gold Apple Designation in the Florida Green School Designation Program.

Graphic of the Green Schools Bronze Apple Designation
On May 15, 2024, Sunset Elementary School in Miami, renewed and upgraded to a Bronze Apple Designation in the Florida Green School Designation Program.    


    Designated Schools

    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.

    For additional help using this map, view the Video Quick Start Guide.

    View ArcGIS Online Map 

    Benefits of Designation 

    • 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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