FAU Recognizes Palm Beach County Schools for ‘Going Green’
BOCA RATON, FL (May 21, 2012) - Sixty public and private schools in Palm Beach County that have made the grade in going “green” during this school year recently celebrated their efforts at the fourth annual Green Schools Awards Luncheon at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. The Green Schools Recognition Program is coordinated by Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in collaboration with the School District of Palm Beach County, as well as with the support of a host of community partners including Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County; Florida Power & Light Company (FPL); Florida Department of Transportation’s SchoolPool; Audubon Society of the Everglades; Chastain Charitable Foundation; GetPaid2Recycle.com; and Slow Food® Glades to Coast.
“Recognition was given to ‘Green Schools of Promise,’ ‘Green Schools of Quality’ and ‘Green Schools of Excellence,’” said Susan Toth, director of education at FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. “These levels illustrate that ‘going green’ is a journey and that schools should be acknowledged for their efforts along the way. By implementing environmentally-focused initiatives and learning experiences at the school level, teachers and administrators are serving as examples for students on how to be good stewards of the environment.”
The program recognizes schools for taking a holistic and innovative approach to going ”green” by incorporating school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement with a school-wide commitment and focus on sustainability. Fifteen of the outstanding schools received green for going “green” in the form of cash. Cash awards totaled more than $8,000 for demonstrating exceptional leadership as models for implementing green school programs and practices.
“Schools are the natural place to teach the next generation how to care for our environment, and schools are perfectly positioned to lead the way in showing our community how to be more sustainable,” said Patti Hammond, assistant recycling team manager for the Solid Waste Authority.
Top award winners included:
- First place – Saint Joseph's Episcopal School - $2,000
- Second place - Marsh Pointe Elementary - $1,000
- Third place - Roosevelt Community Middle - $500
- Third place - Berkshire Elementary - $500
- Third place - South Grade Elementary - $500
In addition, “Judges Choice Awards” were given to schools that demonstrate excellence in specific areas. The following schools were selected:
- The Chastain Charitable Foundation awarded $500 to Saint Ann Catholic School for overall excellence in greening their school’s practices and curriculum.
- Florida Department of Transportation’s SchoolPool Program awarded $750 to Palm Springs Middle for sustainability in transportation practices.
- Pine Jog Environmental Education Center awarded $500 to Meadow Park Elementary to a green school that showed great promise.
- FPL awarded $500 to Timber Trace Elementary for making strides in energy conservation.
- GetPaid2Recycle.com awarded $500 to Wellington High School for its community involvement.
- Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County awarded $500 to Jerry Thomas Elementary for excellence in its recycling and waste reduction programs.
- Slow Foods Glades to Coast awarded $250 to Timber Trace for its gardening initiatives with honorable mentions to Palm Beach Central and Santaluces high schools.
- Audubon Society of the Everglades awarded $500 to Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary for overall excellence.
The Green School honorees in their respective categories are:
2012 Green Schools of Excellence
- Bak Middle School of the Arts
- Berkshire Elementary
- Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary
- Jupiter Community High
- Jupiter Farms Elementary
- Jupiter Middle School of Technology
- Marsh Pointe Elementary
- Morikami Park Elementary
- Palm Beach Day Academy
- Pine Jog Elementary
- Roosevelt Community Middle
- Saint Ann Catholic School
- Saint Joseph's Episcopal School
- Saint Mark Catholic School
- S.D. Spady Elementary
- South Grade Elementary
2012 Green Schools of Quality
- Beacon Cove Intermediate
- Benoist Farms Elementary
- Cardinal Newman High
- Diamond View Elementary
- Elbridge Gale Elementary
- Everglades Elementary
- Grassy Waters Elementary
- Greenacres Elementary
- Hammock Pointe Elementary
- H. L. Johnson Elementary
- Hobe Sound Elementary
- Hope-Centennial Elementary
- Jerry Thomas Elementary
- Limestone Creek Elementary
- Northboro Elementary
- Palm Beach Central High
- Palm Beach Gardens Elementary
- Palm Springs Middle
- Pioneer Park Elementary
- Plumosa School of the Arts
- Royal Palm School
- Santaluces High
- Timber Trace Elementary
- Unity School
- Wellington High
2012 Green Schools of Promise
- Academy for Positive Learning
- Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
- Boca Raton Elementary
- Cholee Lake Elementary
- Eagles Landing Middle
- Forest Hill Community High
- Forest Hill Elementary
- Freedom Shores Elementary
- Hagen Road Elementary
- Hillel Day School
- Jupiter Academy
- Jupiter Elementary
- Lighthouse Elementary
- Loggers’ Run Middle
- Meadow Park Elementary
- Polo Park Middle
- Rosarian Academy
- West Gate Elementary
- Whispering Pines Elementary
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center is a unit of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. 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 FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at 561-686-6600 or visit www.pinejog.fau.edu.
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