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Orange Brook Elementary School is One of Six Florida Schools to Earn the Green Apple

Thursday, November 16, 2017
 
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Congratulations to Orange Brook Elementary School for being one of six schools in Florida to earn the Green Apple designation through the Florida Green School Designation Program. The recognition identifies Orange Brook Elementary as an environmental leader in Florida’s educational industry, and its commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.
 
As part of the program and award, Orange Brook Elementary students and staff now also have access to best management practices, technical assistance and green resources that can help teach students how to lower power, water and waste bills and help reduce operational costs in many areas.
 
The program's environmental guidelines allow Orange Brook Elementary to evaluate operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. As a result, the school will create a healthier environment for students, employees and communities by reducing water, energy use, waste and also reduces operating costs.
 
To become designated, Orange Brook Elementary conducted a thorough property assessment and implemented environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations, including:
  • Communication and Education (students, staff and community)
  • Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Air Quality
Launched in 2016, the Florida Green School Designation Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that designates and recognizes K-12 schools that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. For more information, visit floridadep.gov/osi/green-school-designation.
 
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