FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to Host ‘Green Gala’
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center will present the “Green Gala” on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Center, 6301 Summit Blvd., in West Palm Beach. This year’s theme to the Center’s annual gala is “Looking to the Future … the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders.”
The gala will be take place in Pine Jog’s gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)®-certified facility. The program will include dinner and dancing under the stars, as well as silent and live auctions with Jim Jackson as the auctioneer. Pine Jog also will honor its annual Environmental Leadership awardees, which include:
- Environmental Educator of the Year – Brian Elkins, Solid Waste Authority
- Environmental Education Program of the Year – Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s LIFE program
- Environmental Organization/Agency/Nonprofit of the Year – The City of West Palm Beach’s Office of Sustainability
- Environmental Business of the Year – Whole Foods Market of Wellington
- Environmental Visionary of the Year – The School District of Palm Beach County
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Jeff Koons and Jane Hart
Individual ticket prices are $125 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Pine Jog serves more than 40,000 individuals yearly, and 60 percent of them are from culturally diverse and underserved populations. Proceeds from this event help to underwrite Pine Jog’s programs.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.