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Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at FAU Celebrates the 2010 ‘Class’ of Palm Beach County Green Schools
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Supports Efforts



WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 20, 2010) – Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at Florida Atlantic University will honor 26 public and private schools in Palm Beach County that have made the grade in going “green” during this school year at the second annual Green Schools Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 21 at noon at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, 700 South Dixie Highway, Suite 200, in West Palm Beach. Eight outstanding schools in the 2010 Class of Palm Beach County Green Schools also will receive some “green” for going green.

“Schools are the natural place to teach the next generation how to care for our environment, and schools should lead the way in showing our community how to be more sustainable” says Leslie Lilly, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.  “This project is a perfect example of the types of initiatives that our environmental and intergenerational grant-making was designed to support.”

The program recognizes schools for taking a holistic and innovative approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. The Green Schools Recognition Program is sponsored by the Environmental Endowment Fund, the Hans and Mary Stratmann Intergenerational Fund and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Community Foundation also provided a grant to the  Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at FAU.

Recognition also will be given to “Green Schools of Promise,” “Green Schools of Quality” and “Green Schools of Excellence.” 

“These levels illustrate that ‘going green’ is a journey, and that schools should be acknowledged for their efforts along the way,” said Susan Toth, director of education at Pine Jog. 

The three top “Green Schools” will receive cash awards for demonstrating exceptional leadership as models for implementing “green” school programs and practices. All cash awards are intended to help these schools continue to grow their “green” projects.  The three top schools are Jupiter Farms Elementary School, Pine Jog Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School.  The top school will receive a $2,000 cash award and the two runners-up will each receive $1,000.  These awards will be announced at the luncheon. 

Five schools will receive Judge’s Choice awards of $500 or $250 each.  The 2010 Judge’s Choice winners will be Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Springs Community Middle School, Park Vista Community High School and St. Mark Catholic School.   Two of the Judge’s Choice awards were made possible by the Audubon Society of the Everglades and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.

In addition to the cash winners, 18 other public and private schools will be recognized for their commitment to “greening” their school’s practices and curriculum.  All schools will receive a 2010 Green School banner, Green School logos, framed certificates and window decals.  Additionally, all schools will have their Green School profile on the Program’s website at www.ourgreenschools.com.

The other Green School honorees are: Bak Middle School of the Arts, Citrus Cove Elementary School, Clifford O. Taylor/Kirkland Elementary School, Forest Park Elementary School, Grassy Waters Elementary School, Greenacres Elementary School, Hillel Day School, Jupiter Middle School, Jupiter High School, Marsh Pointe Elementary School, Morikami Park Elementary School, Northboro Elementary School, Poinciana Elementary School, S.D. Spady Elementary School, Timber Trace Elementary School, Unity School and West Gate Elementary School.

For more information, contact Susan Toth at 561-686-6600, ext. 404 or stoth2@fau.edu

-FAU-

About Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center is a unit of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University.   This year Pine Jog celebrates its 50 th anniversary!  Since 1960, Pine Jog has been fulfilling its mission of developing, modeling and providing educational programs and services which foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world, promote understanding of environmental concepts and instill a sense of stewardship.  For more information, contact Pine Jog at (561) 686-6600 or visit www.pinejog.fau.edu.

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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