May 24, 2023 – Miami, FL – On Wednesday evening Dream in Green (DIG) hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony. DIG invited schools, teachers, administrators, students, sponsors and guests to join us for a very special evening. The event was held at the Overtown Performing Arts Center to celebrate DIG, its schools and partners, and the green schools movement.
Our vision is for a cleaner, greener world today and in our future and we are proud of our impacts since our inception. The lessons provided through the GSC program have led to the offset of over 62 million pounds of CO2 emissions and have saved the school district almost 4 million dollars in energy costs. Our WE-LAB program has hosted over 130 workshops in our communities, reaching 3,200 households with critical water and energy conservation information and resources.
Over the years Dream in Green has been honored to partner, connect and work with outstanding organizations and municipalities both at the local, national and even international level. DIG continues to be an official partner of Miami-Dade County Public School District, a relationship that has allowed the Green Schools Challenge to grow from its original 3 school pilot program to now serving over 140 schools annually. Other partnerships we are proud to continue include those with the Ocean Conservancy, Miami-Dade County, Live Arts Miami, and Lady Green Recycling.
To kick off the evening, we invited Miami-Dade County Public Schools Sustainability Officer, Karly Pulido. Karly became the school district’s first ever Sustainability Officer last year and comes from the same position at Orange County Public Schools. She spoke about how far we have all come since the COVID-19 pandemic and the resiliency of students and schools. She spoke directly to the students in the audience empowering them to be the change makers and environmental stewards for all.
DIG staff and Board of Director members spent the evening highlighting all of the amazing teachers, students, administrators and schools that participated in the Green Schools Challenge. Throughout the evening, we celebrated the achievements of both individuals and whole schools in creating a “greener” school community. Our winners went above and beyond what was expected and inspired others to be environmental stewards. Below are our top winners at all three levels of our program (elementary, middle and high):
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
1st The Growing Place Richmond Heights MS Dorothy M. Wallace C.O.P.E. Center
2nd Ludlam ES Rockway MS Robert Morgan Educational Center
3rd Pinecrest ES Riviera MS Saint Brendan HS
4th Air Base K-8 Center Miami Beach Nautilus MS BioTECH @ Richmond Heights
5th Claude Pepper ES West Miami MS Cutler Bay SHS
6th Oliver Hoover ES Aventura Waterways K-8 Palmer Trinity School
7th Dante B. Fascell ES Jane S. Roberts K-8 Miami Palmetto SHS
8th Hialeah Gardens ES G.W. Carver MS International Studies Preparatory Acad.
Dream in Green would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors that allow us to offer our programs to pre K-12 schools of South Florida for the past 16 years and for years to come. For photos of the event, click here.