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Issue 78
July 2012


More than 100 nominations came in for the Florida Green School AwardsThe Florida Green School Network is sponsored by a generous grant from FPL.  Judging will begin shortly and finalists will be announced at the beginning of the new school year. (And if you are interested in judging - let me know.)

Finalists for the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards announced this week. We are shooting for August 9th Award Program in Tampa. We will have details shortly.

Don't forget to register for the free Florida Green School Professionals webinar scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday, July 17 for a focused look at going green in school districts and on school campuses. Details are below.


All the best,

Tim sig 
Tim Center, Esq.
Executive Director


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Special Webinar - Tuesday July 17

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Florida Green Schools NetworkJoin us Tuesday, July 17th, 2012, from 8:30 AM to Noon, for the Florida Green School Network's first School District Professionals Webinar.

School District professionals will have the opportunity to learn from their peers best management practices for energy efficiency, healthy schools, environmental literacy, and building a culture of excellence.

Through this webinar, you will:

  • Examine a successful District Energy Rebate Program. Presenter: Ana Rijo-Conde, Miami-Dade Public Schools District Eco-Sustainability Officer, Planning, Design and Sustainability Department
  • Review an exemplary Healthy School District. Presenter: Ginny Hinton, MPH, Santa Rosa UF/IFAS
  • Explore the role of environmental literacy in STEM Education. Presenter: Mark Butler, Environmental Education Resource Teacher Curriculum & Instructional Services District School Board of Pasco County
  • Discover how a Recognition Program documents success and builds a culture of excellence. Presenter: Palm Beach's Susan Toth, Program Director of Education at Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Education Center  

This professional development webinar has been organized by the Florida Green School Network led by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Health and Sustainable Florida. It is sponsored by Florida Power and Light. There is no cost to join the webinar, but participants are encouraged to pre-register to receive supporting materials and documents.

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What's Happening Around the State
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There is always something happening in Florida. Lots of organizations are hosting their annual conferences. Local governments are working to be more efficient and effective given limited resources. Here's just a sampling.
  • Florida Green Energy Works is a commercial property assessed clean energy (PACE) program, which provides upfront capital to property owners to invest in energy-efficiency, renewable energy or wind-resistance improvements to their property. Several South Florida cities have signed on including West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth. Congrats to Erin Deady, EcoCity Partners and the rest of the team!
  • Broward County has launched a new website for local governments to use for sharing best practices and advancing their local sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Clearinghouse is a useful resource for Broward professionals and residents interested in increasing the effectiveness of their green programs. Best practices in a variety of fields, primarily focused on locally based programs and solutions, are highlighted throughout the site.
  • Proposals are being accepted for the Learn Green - the 4th Annual Green Schools Conference in Palm Beach. The conference has a lot for educators and administrators. The Green School Awards are held the night before.
  • Want to know more about the renewable energy and enjoy one of the world's greatest beaches, be sure to check out the 5th Annual Sunshine State Renewable Energy Expo coming up later this month - July 26-27 in Sanibel.
  • Can't make it down to southwest Florida? How about Pensacola? The same weekend, you can check out Sustainable Energy 2012 and hear from a few great panels.
  • Congrats to Mike Antheil for his tenure with FARE - Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy. He did great work for the organization and is now moving on to new ventures.
  • And don't miss the USGBC South Florida celebration Gala Verde on September 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. A great evening honoring the best in green building. 
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