-Nearly $12,000 awarded for implementation of the Green Schools Challenge locally-
December 12, 2019 – Miami, Fla. – both the UK and US share the understanding of the need for quality environmental education for K-12 students. As a result, the British Consulate is collaborating with Dream in Green to engage students on issues of climate change, environment and sustainability, and to educate them on opportunities in green or environmental careers. Barbara Martinez-Guerrero, Executive Director of Dream-in-Green, and Magda Lowisz, Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Miami, who lead on this initiative, agree that building international links can help students to appreciate global connections and interdependence as well as learn about similarities and differences between places and cultures.
The Green Schools Challenge (GSC), the flagship program of Dream in Green, began in 2006 and has expanded from three to over 100 schools each year in Miami-Dade. The GSC promotes sustainable behaviors and practices amongst students and faculty at K-12 schools through a science-based learning curriculum, personal research, and team building. The program develops student collaboration, leadership skills and mastery of STEAM-based subjects. The GSC endeavors to provide sustainability education that complements required STEM concepts. It also makes clear connections between resource use, environmental and climate change impacts and solutions for K-12 students, teachers, administrative and facilities staff.
About Dream in Green
Dream in Green (DIG) is a Miami-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, especially youth, to lead in the response to climate change and other environmental challenges facing South Florida. DIG assists diverse organizations, including schools, households, governments and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. Through establishing partnerships in our community, we develop, implement and oversee educational programs and workshops that promote environmentally sustainable behaviors among all age groups, with a particular emphasis on K-12 students. Dream in Green would like to thank the British Government for their support and contributions to the Green Schools Challenge. We look forward to working with our new community partner to educate our children, teachers and residents further.
About the British Consulate General Miami
The British Consulate gives advice and practical help to British companies looking to enter the US market, and to US companies looking to invest or establish operations in the UK. The Consulate works with leadership figures from across the region in politics and business to promote the exchange of ideas, policies and experiences ranging from climate change and low carbon economies to discussing the best ways to tackle the narcotics trade between the Americas and Europe. The Consulate also supports the work of the Governor in the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Overseas Territories and provides consular and emergency preparedness assistance to British nationals visiting and residing in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.