June 5, 2015 – Miami, FL – On Wednesday, June 3rd, 41 schools were honored at Dream in Green’s Annual End-of-Year Awards Ceremony.  The event celebrated students, teachers and staff representing 115 elementary, middle and high schools who participated in the 2014–2015 Green Schools Challenge (GSC)/Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) programs.

Throughout the academic year, schools complete a STEM-based curriculum that promotes environmentally sustainable behaviors, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling.  The 1st place GSC award was given to John I. Smith K-8 Center – Middle Learning Center.  John F. Kennedy Middle School came in close at 2nd place, and Dante B. Fascell Elementary placed third.  Nautilus and Southwood middle schools tied for 1st place in the WE-LAB Schools category, while Air Base K-8 Academy was a close runner-up for the second year in a row.

Other participating schools were recognized for their efforts in monthly activities and creative projects, as well as awards for students, teachers, and facility staff leaders who made a significant impact in their schools. Visit our Facebook page to view photos.

Green Schools Challenge winners
1st Place John I. Smith K-8 Center – Middle Learning Center
2nd Place John F. Kennedy Middle School
3rd Place Dante B. Fascell Elementary
Best Independent Schools Miami Country Day – Lower School
Best Independent Schools Palmer Trinity School
Finalists Hialeah Gardens High School
Pinecrest Elementary
Ojus Elementary
Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church School
Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
Green Rising Stars Sunset Park Elementary School
Springview Elementary
Cutler Ridge Elementary/Assurant Satellite Learning Center
Miami Central Senior High School
Silver Bluff Elementary School
Hammocks Middle
Pinecrest Academy South Charter School
Green Initiative of the Month
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Dante B. Fascell Elementary
George Washington Carver Middle
Palm Springs Middle (WE-LAB)
Waste Reduction & Recycling Miami Country Day – Lower School
Pinecrest Academy South Charter School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary (WE-LAB)
Water Conservation Ojus Elementary
Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High
E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary (WE-LAB)
Alternative Transportation Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church School
Homestead Senior High School
Airbase K-8 Center (WE-LAB)
Green Buildings Mother of our Redeemer Catholic School
Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center (WE-LAB)
Green Careers Henry S. West Laboratory
John F. Kennedy Middle School
Hialeah Gardens Middle School (WE-LAB)
Green Game Changers – Students Kimberly Overton – American Senior High
Sydney Gayarre – Hialeah Gardens High
Gisela Sidell – John I Smith K-8 – Middle Learning Center
Isabel Perlman – Nautilus Middle
Melany Torres – Ojus Elementary
Sheba Maps – M.A.S.T. @ Homestead
Green Key Award – Facility Staff Raul Calzadilla, Jr. – Airbase K-8 Center
Fabian Reina – John I Smith K-8 – Middle Learning Center
Foch Mompremier – Nautilus Middle
Innovation in Education Award – Teachers Leopoldo Llinas – Palmer Trinity School
Carmen Marroquin – Hialeah Gardens High School
Carol Shill – Southwood Middle
Nuris I Binett – John I. Smith K-8 – Middle Learning Center
Ketty Quindemil – Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary
Eco-Summit Award Palmetto Middle (WE-LAB)
Pinecrest Elementary
Hialeah Gardens High School
Palmer Trinity School
Building Student Leaders Through Fundraising 1st Place – Pinecrest Elementary
Runner up – Dante B. Fascell Elementary
Water + Energy – Learning + Behavior (WE-LAB)
1st Place (tie) Nautilus Middle
Southwood Middle
Runner Up Airbase K-8 Center
Finalists Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary
E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary
Palmetto Middle School
Green Rising Stars Hialeah Gardens Middle School
Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary
Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary
M.A.S.T. Academy at Homestead
Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8
Palm Springs Middle School
Robert Morgan Educational Center
West Miami Middle


The Green Schools Challenge began in 2006 and has expanded from three to 115 K-12 schools in Miami-Dade and Broward.  Since its inception, the program has saved the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District $2.1 million in energy costs, conserved 20.1 million Kilowatt hours of electricity, and offset 30.6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of taking 1,910 homes off the electricity grid for an entire year.

The ceremony was held at the law offices of Stearns Weaver, the event’s sponsor since 2006.

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About Dream in Green

Dream in Green (DIG) is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting energy and water conservation and environmental sustainability in South Florida through innovative educational programs. DIG builds partnerships with schools, local governments, organizations and businesses for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and our reliance on fossil fuels. Its programs emphasize education and behavior change. DIG is best known for its award-winning Green Schools Challenge program, currently in its ninth year and serving 115 schools. All of DIG’s programs emphasize education and behavior change that foster long-term community sustainability.

Media contact: Karla Utting | (786) 574-4909 | gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak