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  • 2018-19 Seventh Annual P3 Eco-Challenge - ONLINE APPLICATION NOW OPEN!

    Congratulations to last year's P3 Eco-Challenge Winners!

    Orange Brook Elementary staff and students being presented with their winning P3 banner at a School Board meeting  
    First Place Overall School Winner, Orange Brook Elementary - being presented with their winning banner at a School Board meeting (image above)

    Beachside Montessori Village staff and students being presented with their winning check at the awards ceremony. Overall School Runner-Up, Beachside Montessori Village, staff and students being presented with their winning check at the awards ceremony (image on the left)


    What Is the P3 Eco-Challenge?  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) P3 Eco-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.  There are two types of P3 challenges:

    P3 School Challenge – For schools that demonstrate participation in or implementation of different sustainability metrics based on a rubric composed of 6 comprehensive categories:

    1. School Grounds Enhancement
    2. School Sustainability
    3. Curriculum Integration
    4. Community Involvement
    5. Administrative Support
    6. Innovation/Special Projects

    Environmental Stewardship Recognition – For BCPS teachers, students, non-instructional and custodial staff who show evidence of promoting civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and education of environmental issues. The metrics of this category include: 

    1. Awareness and Involvement
    2. Current Professional Development/Affiliation
    3. Instructional Soundness/Creativity
    4. Skill Building

    Water Conservation PSA Contest – schools that submit a PSA will earn 10 bonus points!

    The Broward P3 Eco-Challenge initiative is a multi-divisional and organizational effort among the Applied Learning Department of the Office of Academics, Environmental Health & Safety Department, Information & Technology Department of BCPS, and our partners, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO).

  • P3 Eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY

    P3 School Challenge

    1. Open to all traditional and charter Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). It is a free competition for all traditional BCPS schools, staff, educators, students and volunteers.  Charter schools – please see the Charter School tab below before you begin your application(s).  
    2. Overall First Place P3 Eco-Challenge winners from the last five school years (2014-18) are ineligible to apply for this year's overall category.
    3. There is a 5-year hiatus for first place winners of the P3 Eco-Challenge Individual School Category in which they won first. They can apply for other categories.
    4. All activities described in the school application should reflect projects that are ongoing or will occur during the current school year.
    5. All applications with documentation are due online by April 3, 2019.
    6. Only complete nominations submitted on time will be considered.
    7. Before you start the online application, compile and type up your narratives in a Word document that you can cut and paste into the application. Rubrics/metrics and resources will assist you in your application.
    8. NEW starting this year: If your school is applying to all categories (top prize) you must also apply to the Florida Green Apple designation.  If your school is only applying to the individual categories, your school will receive 10 bonus points for having a Florida Green Apple designation.
    9. Finalist will be notified by April 22, 2019.


    Environmental Stewardship Recognition

    1. Open to traditional and charter Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students, educators, non-instructional and custodial staff.  It is a free competition for all traditional BCPS schools, staff, educators, students and volunteers.  Charter schools – please see the Charter School tab below before you begin your application(s).  
    2. There is a 5-year hiatus for first place winners of the P3 Eco-Challenge Stewardship. First place winners can apply after the 5-year hiatus.
    3. All activities described in the individual application should reflect projects that are ongoing or will occur during the current school year.
    4. All applications with documentation should be received by the due date.
    5. Only complete nominations submitted on time will be considered.  All applications with documentation are due online by April 3, 2019.
    6. Rubrics and resources will assist you in your application.
    7. Finalists will be notified by April 22, 2019.

    Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest:

    • Eligibility: This Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest is part of the P3 Eco-Challenge for schools.  Your school must enter this year's P3 Eco-Challenge in order for your PSA Entry to be eligible for consideration.  It does not matter which school category your school enters.  Your school will receive 10 bonus points added to your overall P3 score for entering the PSA Contest.  However, your school does not have to enter a PSA to be eligible to enter the P3 Eco-Challenge.  The PSA winner will be announced at the P3 Awards Ceremony.
    • PSA Due Date:  March 4, 2019
    • Prize: PSA winner will win a water bottle filler station and other prizes
    • Download the PSA Guidelines, Entry and Media Release Forms packet from the Application tab.

  • P3 Prizes and New Items

    Save the Date: May 8, 2019 Awards Ceremony (by invitation only, however, all applicants are usually invited)

    PRIZES*

    P3 School Challenge:

    • Overall Categories (school applies to all categories): First Place (Gold) Winner and Runner-Up - $2,000 First Place (Gold) Winner, prizes for all winners.
    • Special Prize for Water Conservation PSA: Water bottle filler station
    • 6 Individual School Categories: (I) School Grounds Enhancement, (II) School Sustainability, (III) Curriculum Integration, (IV) Community Involvement, (V) Administrative Support, and (VI) Innovation - prizes depend on the overall success of fundraising but generally $500 for first place of each category

    Environmental Stewardship Recognition:

    • Students: First Place Winner and Runner-Up in each level: Elementary, Middle, and High-$200 each First Place Winner; prizes for all winners
    • Educators: First Place Winner and Runner-Up in each level: Elementary, Middle, and High-$500 each First Place Winner, prizes for all winners
    • Non-Instructional: First Place Winner and Runner-Up – $250 for First Place Winner, prizes for all winners
    • Custodial Staff: First Place Winner and Runner-Up – $250 for First Place Winner, prizes for all winners

    *These are the anticipated minimum monetary awards based upon the overall success of fundraising. Last year the Overall School Winner received $2,000 and the runner-up received $1,000. Individual Category School Winners received $500 each, plus special awards from our sponsors. For a list of all winners and their prizes, see link below.

    NEW ITEMS

    Florida Green Apple School Designation

    • 60 Possible Points for Schools Applying to All Categories:  If your school is applying to all categories, your school must also apply for the Florida Green Apple School Designation.  Your school should be listed under http://www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools/green-schools.stmlThe information you provide to the Green Apple application directly applies to the P3 Eco-Challenge!

    The Florida Green Apple School Designation application is a comprehensive evaluation tool that details the program’s requirements and provides links to best management practices and technical assistance to help you achieve Florida Green School designation. The applications directly reflect each of the program’s six areas of operation: Communication and Education, Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, and Air Quality and Transportation. For more info go to https://floridadep.gov/osi/green-school-designation/content/apply-green-school-designationrenew

    BCPS traditional schools - If you need assistance with data for your school, contact p3challenge@browardschools.com

  • P3 Application

    2018-19 Seventh P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Application

    Save the Date: Awards Ceremony (by invitation only) on May 8, 2019 (usually all applicants are invited to the ceremony)


    Online application: NOW OPEN! Opens October 15, 2018, and closes April 3, 2019


    Schools please download the following before you begin your online application:

    1) P3 Eco-Challenge School Metrics Summary – 2018-19 Metrics Summary

    2) P3 Eco-Challenge School Metrics – 2018-19 School Metrics

    3) Water Conservation PSA – DUE MARCH 4, 2019 - 2018-19 PSA Package

    4) P3 School Online Application Instructions (directions on how to apply in the new and improved online application) – 2018-19 P3 School Online Application Instructions

    5) School Resources List – 2018-19 School Resources List

    6) Environmental Resources List – Environmental Resource List

    7) Charter schools – additional requirements - see link P3 for Charter Schools below.

    8) When you're ready to start your application, click this link

    Stewardship (Educators, Students, Non-Instructional* or Custodial Staff) please download the following before you begin your online application:

    1) P3_Stewardship_App_Package (instructions on how to apply online and metrics/rubrics) – 2018-19 P3 Stewardship Online Application Instructions and Rubrics

    2) Environmental Resources List – Environmental Resource List

    3) Charter schools – additional requirements (see P3 for Charter Schools link below)

    4) When you're ready to start your application, click this link

    *Non-instructional can be volunteers, cafeteria staff, secretaries, bookkeepers, etc. They cannot be custodians (a separate category) or administrators, administrators please apply to the school category 5: Administrative Support 

    Water Conservation PSA – DUE MARCH 4, 2019 - 2018-19 PSA Package

    To see this year’s winners and their bios, see link below under Nominees and Winners.

    For further questions, send an email to: p3challenge@browardschools.com

  • P3 Resources

    P3 RESOURCES


    School Resources List – 2018-19 School Resources List – school resources to assist in applying for each school category – has local, state and national environmental contacts, lesson plans, and state standards.


    Environmental_Resources_List (doc) – Local, state and national environmental resources with contact info and web links - 2018-19 Environmental Resources


    Learn about the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq2rYJp33_4&list=LL0B7JMtmRnUb0ivItFRAEOA&index=9


    Questions? Send an email to p3challenge@browardschools.com

  • P3 Winners and Nominees

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    P3 Eco-Challenge Results

    2017-18 Sixth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2016-17 Fifth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2015-16 Fourth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2014-15 Third Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2013-14 Second 
    Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2012-13 First Annual P3 Eco-Challenge

  • P3 for Charter Schools

    CHARTER SCHOOLS in BROWARD COUNTY, FL

    Welcome to the P3 Eco-Challenge! The Broward P3 Eco-Challenge initiative is a multi-divisional and organizational partnership between the Broward County Public Schools (Applied Learning Department of the Office of Academics, Environmental Health and Safety Department, Information & Technology Department), Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and the Environmental Conservation Organization. It is a district competition that welcomes charter schools but will be charged a fee to enter.

    Charter schools – charges for application:

    Application Type Fees

    • One application – for one individual school category (excludes overall school category) or one individual Stewardship category (student, teacher, non-instructional or custodial staff)
      $20.00
    • Multiple applications – for Overall School Category (top prize of $2,000), multiple school categories or multiple Stewardship applicants
      $100.00
       

    Make check payable to Environmental Conservation Organization. Please do not send cash. Include the following information (attach completed P3 Charter School Cover Sheet) with your check:

    1. Applicant's name(s) and/or school name
    2. Amount included
    3. Category (e.g. Educator, School Category I. School Grounds Enhancement) of each application if more than one
       

    Mail check and application cover form to:

    Attn: Dawn Miller-Walker

    Environmental Conservation Organization
    1440 SE 15th St, Suite 4
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

     

    Please send your check when you open up your online application; applications will not be judged if checks are not received by April 5, 2019.

    Checks are nonrefundable.

     

    For further questions, send an email to: p3challenge@browardschools.com

  • P3 Sponsors

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    P3 Annual Sponsors

    All nominees receive generous awards and prizes for their stewardship, thanks to our very generous sponsors.  We wish to thank all of our sponsors for supporting our schools, educators, administrators, students, custodial and non-instructional individuals in their environmental efforts!

    2017-18 Sixth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge

    2016-17 Fifth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2015-16 Fourth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2014-15 Third Annual P3 Eco-Challenge


    2013-14 Second 
    Annual P3 Eco-Challenge

    2012-13 First Annual P3 Eco-Challenge

  • About P3

    About the P3 Eco-Challenge


    The Broward P3 Eco-Challenge engages and rewards traditional and charter BCPS schools, teachers, students, administrators, non-instructional and custodial staff in learning about and implementing environmentally sustainable measures and green initiatives within their schools and communities.

    This initiative is a multi-divisional and organizational effort among the Applied Learning Department of the Office of Academics websiteEnvironmental Health & Safety DepartmentInformation & Technology Department of BCPS, and their partners, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO).  

    On January 17, 2018, Broward County Public Schools was one of a few districts that were awarded a Florida Green School District gold designation, the highest level of distinction, at the Florida Healthy School District Symposium for going beyond the minimum requirements of Florida Statutes. To learn more about the Florida Green School initiative visit their website.

    On October 29, 2013, the P3 Eco-Challenge team won the Florida Green Schools Award (district level) for its efforts in the district’s environmental initiatives.

    The P3 Team and some of the 2012-13 winners

    Pictured above - The P3 Team and some of the 2012-13 winners.


    There are two P3 challenges: The P3 School Challenge and the Environmental Stewardship Recognition. Competitors in the school challenge must document participation in or implementation of sustainable practices in one or more of the categories of School Grounds Enhancement, School Sustainability, Curriculum Integration, Community Involvement, Administrative Support, and Innovation/Special Projects. The Environmental Stewardship Recognition originated from our partner, Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), and has been incorporated into the P3 challenge. The stewardship competition involves educators, students, non-instructional and custodial staff demonstrating evidence of promoting civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and educational awareness of environmental issues under the categories of Awareness and Involvement, Current Professional Development/Affiliation, Instructional Soundness and Creativity, and Skill Building. Further information, resources, and the application can be accessed online through the main P3 website.

    Participants in the Broward P3 Eco-Challenge will be recognized for their efforts during an award ceremony at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie. Top prize for the school that best exemplifies the green practices overall receives the P3 top award of $2,000 and the top teachers will receive $500. School category winners, students, educators, non-instructional and custodial staff winners will also receive awards.

    CONTACT:

    Applied Learning Department, Office of Academics Division – 754-321-1851 or via email at p3challenge@browardschools.com

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P3 Announcements

  • The P3 Eco-Challenge online application is now accepting nominations!  Scroll down to P3 Links from the P3 main page and click the P3 Application link to see all of your resources, rubrics and instructions for the online application.  Opens October 15 and closes April 3, 2019

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  • The new P3 2018-19 posters are here and are being ponied to all schools.  Online application will be open October 15, 2018 and closes April 3, 2019. 

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  • Watch the 2017-18 Awards Ceremony video here.  This link will take you outside of the BCPS website.

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