On June 3, Dream in Green honored teachers, students, administration and facility staff, winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Challenge (GSC) and Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) programs. During the 9th Annual End-of-Year Awards Ceremony 41 winning green schools were recognized in 18 award categories for taking action and designing and implementing energy and environmental solutions through the creation of monthly projects at their schools.

“Our Nautilus Middle School students were able to see the fruition of their work and celebrate their team’s achievements. This was an effective learning experience in itself. They promote Dream in Green and showed off their awards in our TV Productions morning announcements” said Dr. Gwendolyn Foote, Science Dept Chair & Teacher at Nautilus Middle. “Everyone was excited and inspired to get more involved the next school year. Our Student Leadership award winner, Isabel Perlman, is our National Junior Honor Society President for next year, and will be collaborating with Dream in Green as our Green Team leader.”

The law offices of Stearns Weaver Miller, a longtime supporter of Dream in Green, hosted the awards ceremony for the ninth year in a row and helped to celebrate the students, teachers and staff for their successful green school initiatives. Also in attendance, presenter of awards, were representatives from Miami-Dade County Public SchoolsCovanta EnergyMetro 1 Properties, Greenberg Trauriq, Stearns Weaver, the Surfrider Foundation Miami ChapterWilson Elser Law Firm, the Recycling Energy Forum, OHL-Arellano, ERM, The Hamra Group, and Miami Dade County Department of Public Works and Waste Management.

The Green Schools Challenge is a 10-month STEM-based curriculum that promotes environmentally sustainable behaviors, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling. WE-LAB for schools is the ‘graduate’ program for schools that have been participating in the Green Schools Challenge for more than three years. The program was designed to teach students, staff, and parents about the nexus between energy and water to motivate communitywide  energy-water saving behaviors.

Find out who were this year’s Award Winners in Press Release

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