Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been nominated by the Florida Department of Education to represent the national Green Ribbon Schools Award competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. BCPS was selected based on its commitment to reducing environmental impacts, improving the health and academic performance of students and staff, and increasing the number of graduates who are environmentally and sustainability literate. The winner will be announced in Washington, DC in July.
“Broward County Public Schools has shown an incredible commitment and dedication to cultivating an environmentally sustainable learning atmosphere,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “I applaud the administrators, teachers, parents and students for their devotion to wellness and the environment.”
BCPS is recognized for continuing growth in environmental stewardship initiatives such as school gardens, wildlife habitats, classroom recycling programs and an integrated environmental curriculum. At the District level, various departments within the District practice energy savings techniques that resulted in reduced energy costs of more than $34 million and saving an additional $11 million in energy costs.
Over the past two years, the District has saved 2.2 million gallons of water through outdoor irrigation systems and an additional $323,000 in reduced potable water and energy. BCPS also sponsors District-wide health and wellness initiatives such as a master plan for physical education, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Growing Healthy Kids with Holy Cross Hospital, Jump Rope for Heart, Farm to School, 4-H Clubs and Y-FIT-YMCA, and Project Bridge Anti-Bullying Program and Policy. The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Action recognized the District as a Florida Healthy School District for Healthy Kids.
The annual Green Ribbon Schools Award was established in 2011/12 to showcase exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education. For more information, visit Green Ribbon Schools Award
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