On Friday, June 1st, DIG celebrated its 12th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony. The ceremony brought together students, teachers, parents, administrators, facilities staff and our partners to celebrate all of the hard work that went into creating environmental stewards and greener schools during the 2017-2018 schools year. We would like to thank Stearns Weaver for graciously hosting this event at their law offices.

Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support, thank you to our sponsors and congratulations again to all the winners! View our Facebook photo album and share your experience with others.

57 awards were given this year! Here is the complete list:

Green Schools Challenge 1st place Caribbean K-8 Center
2nd place Mater Academy
3rd place Miami Sunset Senior High School


WE-LAB 1st place Nautilus Middle School
2nd place Airbase K-8 Center
3rd place EWF Stirrup Elementary School


Finalists Academir Charter School West- GSC
Rockway Middle School – GSC
Dante B. Fascell Elementary – WE LAB
Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School- GSC
Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School
Eugenia B Thomas K-8 Center
Gloria Floyd Elementary School
Palm Springs North Elementary
Pinecrest Elementary School
Cypress K-8 Center


Green Rising Stars Claude Pepper Elementary School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
Dorothy M. Wallace C.O.P.E. Center
Kinloch Park Elementary School
Southside Elementary Museums Magnet Community School
Vineland K-8 Center
Coral Reef High School
Pinecrest Cove Preparatory Academy
South Miami Sr. High School


Green Initiative of the Month (monthly challenge) Energy Efficiency & Conservation Palmetto Elementary School
Tropical Elementary


Waste Reduction & Recycling West Hialeah Gardens Elementary School
Colonial Drive Elementary


Water Conservation
Rockway Elementary
Bridgeprep Academy of Village Green
Alternative Transportation  


Key Biscayne Presbyterian School
Mater Academy Middle School
Green Living  


Robert Morgan Educational Center
Miami Beach Senior High
Food Efficiency  


Flagami Elementary School
Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8


Green Game Changer – Students Elizabeth Alvarenga – Dorothy M. Wallace C.O.P.E. Center
Erica Martinez – Mater Acadmey
Troy Campolo – Nautilus Middle
Jazsmin Taylor – Coral Reef High
Irene Valdez – EFW Stirrup Elementary
Fatima Yarur – Key Biscayne Presbyterian
Sophia Marroquin – Airbase K-8 Center


Innovation in Education – Teachers Jeannette Green – Norman S Edlecup
Nuris I. Binett – Dorothy M Wallace
Ms. Jennifer Diaz – Airbase K-8


Inspiring Administrator Award Mr. Rene Bellmas – Nautilus
Mrs. Margaret D. Ferrarone – Dante
Ms. Gibson-Carvalho – Airbase K-8 Center


Eco-Summit Award North Beach Elementary
Florida City Elementary School
Pinecrest Glades Academy


Building Student Leaders
through Fundraising
1st Place Pinecrest Elementary School
2nd Place North Beach Elementary
3rd Place Cypress K-8

The Green Schools Challenge began in 2006 and has expanded from a three school pilot program to include over 110 K-12 schools in Miami-Dade County this year.  To date, our programs have served 330 unique schools and over 90,000 individuals, roughly 74,000 of which were K-12 students. Our partner schools have helped to conserve 26.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which saved 2.5 million dollars and reduced or offset 39.9 million pounds of carbon emissions–which is the same as taking 2,712 homes off the electricity grid for one year