Environmental Stewardship

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    Orange Brook Elementary students in their garden Environmental Stewardship programs are open to all schools at every level (pK - technical colleges). The P3 Eco-Challenge recognizes and rewards schools, educators, volunteers and students for their environmental stewardship annually.  Another key component of Broward Schools environmental initiatives is through edible gardening. Programs integrate growing food into the curriculum through raised bed, hydroponics, aquaponics, and controlled environment agriculture at schools throughout the district.

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    Broward Youth Climate Summit logo Broward Youth Climate Summit

    January 10th, 2020, 9:00 AM–2:30 PM at Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale, FL - in collaboration with the Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division. The Youth Climate Summit provided a platform for students to advocate for policy change and gave students a voice for promoting environmental sustainability.  Students who attend the Summit have opportunities to share their climate action plans or projects and networked with each other, elected officials and scientists working on sustainability issues. 

    P3 Eco-Challenge logo P3 Eco-Challenge: Preserving Our Planet for Posterity - Partnership among BCPS (Applied Learning Dept., Environmental Health & Safety Dept., and Information and Technology Dept.), Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and the Environmental Conservation Organization. In its 8th year, this district-wide challenge recognizes and rewards traditional and charter BCPS schools, teachers, students, non-instructional and custodial staff for their efforts to learn about and implement environmentally sustainable measures and green initiatives within their schools and communities.  Over $130,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded. www.browardschools.com/p3

    How Low Can You Go logo How Low Can You Go Challenge – In partnership with the Miami Heat, schools are challenged to find innovative ways to reduce energy consumption at each school campus in a 3-month period compared to previous year’s.  Recognized by the White House, National Geographic, NOAA and the NBA during Green Week as a highly effective and innovative model to reduce energy and water consumption. www.howlowcanyougochallenge.com (this link will take you outside the BCPS site)

    STEM in the Parks - an initiative between Broward County Parks and Applied Learning, STEM +CS to involve students in grades 6-8 in their local parks to engage in the environmental curriculum while enriching their understanding of local environmental issues through project-based learning.

    Edible Gardens - Participating teachers in the PD are provided a comprehensive curriculum supplement for teaching health, science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies through using a school garden. Gardening for Nutrition is one of many resources from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom that will be used and implemented to connect edible gardening with interdisciplinary instruction in the K-12 classroom.  Curriculum sponsored by Florida Ag in the Classroom.

    The Food Recovery Program - a pilot initiative started at Beachside Montessori Village through a partnership between the school, BCPS Food & Nutrition Services, Kids Can and Broward Outreach to reduce food waste in the school cafeteria. Students are encouraged to donate leftover unopened, uneaten or unpeeled items from their lunch trays that they don’t want to eat.  These collected foods are donated to a local food bank, which then distributes them to the community.  This pilot program is being expanded to other BCPS (traditional) schools. www.browardschools.com/Page/450334

    Broward PBL Portal @SciStarter - provides opportunities for students to engage in projects which provide real-world relevance for learning. They can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.  The Broward PBL Portal is the product of collaboration with SciStarter and Citizen Science.  SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science by providing people access to more than 2700 searchable formal and informal research projects & events. 

    Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) is a model for science-based environmental education on public conservation lands. Each program represents a partnership between the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and a school district to bring students outdoors to learn science. Locally, it is part of the Friends of State Parks initiative. The LIFE Program is not a curriculum, but a process for reinforcing and enriching the existing curriculum through hands-on, field labs facilitated by educators, scientists, and land/resource managers.

    The Green School Awards - the Florida Department of Education and a host of community partners recognized students, teachers, classes, schools and school districts for their environmental achievements. BCPS was the first district awarded the Green District gold award and has been a gold recipient since then. www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools/green-schools.stml (this link will take you outside the BCPS site)

    Florida Green Apple Schools Designation initiated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to encourage K-12 schools to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. 5 BCPS schools are designated as Green Apple schools – Orange Brook Elem., Pines Middle, Griffin Elem., Driftwood Middle and New River Middle. www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools/green-schools.stml (this link will take you outside the BCPS site)

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Eco-Schools Pathways – 55 BCPS schools. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators, and community volunteers, Eco-Schools combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, facilities and the curriculum. www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School (this link will take you outside the BCPS site)

    NWF Habitat Stewards - Over 200 educators have been trained in a 5-day professional development in learning how to implement the NatureScape initiative, how to achieve Schoolyard Habitat certification through the National Wildlife Federation, strategies for teaching students the importance of water conservation, urban ecology, and environmental stewardship through fun, cross-curricular environmental activities and learning gardens that enhance the current science and math curriculum.

    Everglades Literacy K-12 - The Everglades Curriculum teacher training is a hands-on, inquiry-based program aimed at improving the understanding of this rich topic through interdisciplinary techniques. The Everglades Literacy Conceptual Framework and K-12 Curriculum is a free set of lessons (three per grade level) that scaffold from K-12 in order to build complexity among topics.

    SE Regional Envirothon - Annual environmental competition for high schoolers held at various Broward County parks sponsored by our partner, Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO). Students are tested in five universal categories: Aquatic Ecology - Water ecology, water chemistry, plants and animals living in or around water, water quality, water conservation, etc. Current Environmental Issue - A topic selected annually by the Regional or State or Envirothon Planning Committees. Most years the Regional and Florida Envirothon Committees select the same topic as the National Committee. Forestry - Forest ecology, tree identification, insects, diseases, timber measurements, forest management, urban forestry, forest economics, etc. Soil & Land Use - Classification, soil formation, basic chemical and physical properties, profiles, soil characteristics, soil surveys, site suitability, erosion, land use, conservation practices, etc. Wildlife - Identification, habitat, foods, diseases, rules and regulations, management, invasive, etc.  For more info, visit http://www.eco-tan.org/index.html

Contact Information

  • Applied Learning: STEM +CS

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    Dr. Lisa Milenkovic

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