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Encouraging and implementing environmentally-friendly practices at schools is important and can be done in a variety of ways. Whether it is retrofitting an older building with new green technologies, starting a recycling program, implementing green cleaning or packing a waste-free lunch, parents, students, teachers and administrators can play a role. The following resources are provided to assist schools seeking Florida Green School designation. In addition, these resources facilitate and encourage continuous environmental improvement for designated Green Schools. 

Statewide Initiatives

Skip the Straw: To help reduce plastic pollution, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in encouraging students to "Skip the Straw" for a week. Students can participate in the Skip the Straw Challenge.

Earth Science Week: DEP's Florida Geological Survey invites students in grades 6 - 9 to enter an original piece of writing or visual art with the theme "Earth as Inspiration" to celebrate Earth Science Week. Rules. Entry form. Earth Science Week Contests flyer.

General 

Dream in Green: Dream in Green is a nonprofit organization that develops and implements programs to promote energy conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability and the use of renewable energy. Dream in Green build partnerships with schools, local governments and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and reliance on fossil fuels. Programs emphasize education and behavior change.

Florida Green School Network - Green School Awards: The program recognizes and supports green school initiatives at the school district level and aids schools in adopting practices to conserve natural resources, promote sustainability and reduce operating costs. List of the 2016-2017 Awardees.

Waste-Free Lunch: A waste-free lunch involves using less packaging and buying reusable instead of disposable products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides great resources on how to pack a waste-free lunch and even how to encourage the whole school to be waste-free.

Learning and Teaching about the Environment: An EPA program that helps K-12 students and educators access homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas to learn and teach about the environment. Environmental education is a multidisciplinary approach to leaning about environmental issues that enhances knowledge, builds critical thinking skills, and helps students make informed and responsible decisions.

Technical

EPA Safer Choice Program: An EPA program that helps consumers, businesses and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that are safer for people and the environment and work well. 

Green Clean Schools: Green Clean Schools is the Healthy Schools Campaign's national partnership to promote green cleaning in America's schools. The initiative brings together the cleaning industry, educational leaders, parents and advocates in a Green Team whose mission is to encourage schools to adopt environmentally-friendly policies, practices and products. A free green-cleaning guide is available to help schools get started.

Green Schools Initiative: The Green School Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists who mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the United States. The Green Schools Initiative believes it is essential to protect children's health at school and in the world beyond schools and works to catalyze and support green actions by kids, teachers, parents and policymakers to eliminate toxics, use resources sustainably, create green spaces and buildings, serve healthy food and teach stewardship.

USGBC Center for Green Schools: Across the United States, school districts are realizing the benefits of building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Schools. Students, parents, teachers and community members are making the difference, by letting elected officials know they want their schools built green. Green schools cost less to operate, freeing up resources to truly improve students' education. Their carefully planned acoustics and abundant daylight make it easier and more comfortable for students to learn. Their clean indoor air cuts down sick days and gives children a head start for a healthy future. Their innovative design provides a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities. 

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October 5, 2018 - 2:08pm

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