Defining Excellence for Florida's Economic, Environmental and Social Future
Sustainable Florida's annual Best Practice Awards
will be held Thursday, June 2, in Daytona Beach. Make your reservations now. Below you will meet the finalists in the seven categories. The competition was incredible and the judges had a tough time determining the best. I think you will be impressed.
The Florida Green Schools Awards
program is now in its third year. Nominations are now being accepted for students, teachers, classrooms, schools and districts. Perhaps you know of a worthy effort. Perhaps you are leading that effort. Either way consider submitting a nomination.
Speaking of green schools, did you know that the USGBC
created a Center for Green Schools
? Their vision is that every student goes to a green school within this generation. Fortunately, the Department of Education and Department of Environmental Protection are working together on this effort. Learn about the conference call below and find out how you can help.
As always, thank you for all the effort that you make to help create a sustainable Florida.
All the best -
Tim Center, Esq.
Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
Collins Center for Public Policy
|Meet the Best Practice Nominees|
|Awards Dinner in June|
The Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards dinner will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. The dinner will follow a reception in conjunction with the Florida Green Building Coalition's annual Green Trends Conference. Registration is now open - dinner and a show for $45 (nominees get a free ticket). We hope to see you there as we honor this year's nominees, finalists and winners.
2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award Finalists
- Darren E. Fancher, P.E.
- Get There Green - City of Tallahassee
- Leon County and Leon County Extension
- Carlson Studio Architecture: New Facility for the Cancer Support Community
- On Top of the World Communities
- Steve Sadler and Michaela Miller
- ClosetMaid, an Emerson Company
- Rosen Hotels & Resorts
- Universal Orlando
- Clean the World, Inc.
- Michael Madfis
- Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
- Allison Samowitz and Jillian Samowitz
- Baptist Health South Florida
- The Mustard Seed of Central Florida
- Leon County and Leon County Extension
- Miami Corporation, Volusia County, and Brevard County
- Palm Beach County and Florida Power & Light Company
- Michael Madfis
- TEAM BG - BG Dealer Services "Go Green Programs"
Get your tickets today!!
Book a room while your at it...
|Nominate Green Schools Today!|
| Deadline in June - Spread the word!|
Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a proclaimation heralding National Environmental Education Week (April 11-17). In the proclamation, he promoted the Florida Green School Awards program. Now in it's third year, you are encouraged to nominate a student, teacher, class, school or school district for their efforts to create green learning environments, promote recycling, encourage service learning, and promote policies that establish a broader foundation for green schools.
Sustainable Florida is proud to be a partner with the Florida Department of Education and Department of Environmental Protection along with Florida's Foundation to present this award program.
Winners will be announced at the Learn Green: Green Schools Conference and Expo in Palm Beach County in November.
|What if all schools were green?|
|Join the call and find out how....|
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the Center for Green Schools last year. Last month, the US Department of Education announced the Green Ribbon Program to advance sustainable schools. The Florida-based USGBC chapters are working on how best to support the efforts of local school districts to create green schools.
We invite you to join us on the vision of green schools for everyone in this generation. This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen the environments and curricula that support our students and teachers. There are some great downloadable guides on the website.
A special webinar is being held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 4:30 PM EDT. Save the date and we will send you more information shortly when we have the details.
|Become a Sustainable Florida - Collins Center Partner|
|Your Support Means the State to Us!|
Sustainable Florida - Collins Center relies upon the support of private contributions from individual and corporate partners and grants from foundations. An investment in Sustainable Florida is an investment in the future of Florida.
Thank you to Walt Disney World for becoming the newest Royal Palm Partner! Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks have been doing great things for the environment and their financial bottom line for years. Whether it is energy, waste, water, supply chain, transportation or education, Disney has a great story to tell. Their involvement in Sustainable Florida activities has been incredible.
Also, joining the Partner ranks is CHEP - a gloabal leader in shipping pallet pooling systems. Goods are shipped on millions of pallets throughout the world. CHEP ensures that the pallets don't damage the goods, repair them when they are damaged and recycle them at the end of their lifespan. The Orlando-based group recently launched their sustainability page.
We are honored by their support!
All friends, partners and sponsors get a discount on Sustainable Florida events like the annual conference. And we make sure people know you are a supporter with a sticker, name tag ribbon and signage at events. And our Royal Palm-level donors get a framed print of the Royal Palm series of original art work from Tallahassee-based artist William Lamb.
As is it is with recycling, every little bit moves us toward our goal. Please consider a generous tax-deductible gift today.
|Tim Center, Esq. - Director