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About Florida Green School Designation

Florida Green Schools graphicLaunched in 2016, the Florida Green School Designation Program is an initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that designates and recognizes K-12 schools that make a voluntary commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The program's environmental guidelines allow Florida primary and secondary schools to evaluate operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.

The Florida Green School Designation Program is administered primarily online. To become designated, schools must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations:

  • Communication and Education (Students, Staff, Public)
  • Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling 
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency 
  • Air Quality

Designation Application 

The Florida Green School Designation Program designation application is a comprehensive evaluation tool detailing the program’s requirements and providing links to best management practices and technical assistance to help you achieve Florida Green School designation. The applications directly reflect each of the Program’s five areas of operation:

  1. Communication and education.
  2. Energy efficiency.
  3. Water Conservation.
  4. Waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  5. Air Quality.

Apple Levels 

The Florida Green School Designation Program recognizes Florida schools that are protecting the state's natural resources and demonstrate environmental improvements through a four-tiered designation. Schools have an opportunity to obtain different "Apple" levels based on the requirements of each tier. 

All schools start at the Green Apple level, then work their way to Bronze, Silver and eventually Gold Apple status by implementing additional best management practices. 

Level Criteria
Green Apple Schools must implement at least a total of 17 initiatives and complete the Green Apple Designation Application.
Bronze Apple Schools must complete the Tiered-Designation Application and achieve between 208 and 394 points.
Silver Apple Schools must complete the Tiered-Designation Application and achieve between 395 and 478 points.
Gold Apple Schools must complete the Tiered-Designation Application and achieve between 479 and 557 points.

Designation Period

The Florida Green School designation is valid for three years from date of issuance. To maintain designation, schools are required to submit environmental performance data (water, waste, energy) annually, comply with any mandatory on-site visits and maintain the initiatives noted on their application. Failure to do so can result in dismissal from the program.

Designated Green Schools create a healthier environment for students, employees and communities. Reducing water and energy use and reducing waste also lower operating costs.

Last Modified:
August 15, 2023 - 8:23am

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