Tallahassee, Florida -- A Hillsborough County school will be honored as a finalist for excelling in green school initiatives at the 5th Annual Florida Green School Awards Ceremony and Banquet in Orlando on Oct. 29.
Lawton Chiles Elementary was named one of three finalists in the state for its contributions in saving and conserving energy and water and reducing waste. The other two schools it's up against are Audubon Elementary in Duval County and Eagles Landing Outdoor Learning Center in Palm Beach County.
Other Bay area finalists who will also be honored at the event are:
- Kaleb Johnson of Academy of Environmental Science in Citrus County
- Deb Wagner of St. Paul Lutheran School in Polk County
- Sharon Cutler of Lawton Chiles Elementary in Hillsborough County
Since 2009, applicants to the Green School Awards program have generated $66 million in cumulative gross cost savings.
To apply, participants are encouraged to address one or more of the five approved green school themes. These categories include Green Learning Environments, Exemplary Programs in Curriculum and Teaching, Service Learning, Policy and Partnerships and Recycling.
This year, DEP, the Department of Education, Department of Health and Sustainable Florida signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to promote green schools in Florida.