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First Year and Second Year

Dream in Green earned approval from the Miami-Dade Public School Board in 2006 to pilot the Green Schools Challenge during the 2006-2007 school year and three high schools, MAST Academy, Palmetto Senior High, and Ransom Everglades joined. In 2007/08, Dream in Green partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Alliance to Save Energy to expand the Green Schools Challenge to 15 K-12 schools and with the Fairchild Challenge in an invitation to 130 middle and senior high schools to conduct energy research. Schools participating in the GSC:

  • Saved over $150,000 while conserving 653,667 kWh of electricity
  • Recycled over 87,000 pounds of paper. Of the 15 schools only 3 had recycling programs prior to this year. Now all do and those that did previously significantly expanded their recycling.
  • Planted over 540 native trees
  • Reduced, sequestered and offset nearly 1,200,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.


The Green Schools Challenge is continuing to expand with forty-three schools in Miami-Dade County participating for the 2008/09 school year. Year three was launched with a very successful teacher training for over seventy teachers at Ransom Everglades in late September. GSC participants then came together again for mid-year meetings in January & Feb. 2009. Below are a few of the activities schools are implementing this year. The year closed with an End of the Year Awards Ceremony celebrating the collective efforts of the 43 participating GSC schools which saved (from September 2008 to March 2009) over $414,000 in energy costs, which translates to approximately 9,800,000 kWh of electricity. The schools also recycled over 375,000 pounds of paper, plastic, and aluminum, mitigating over 14,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

David Lawrence Jr. K-8 won first place this year by reducing their electricity by almost 42% and saving $76,625 in energy costs. Congratulations to David Lawrence K-8!



  • Top 10 Schools

    Redland Middle saved 760,040 kWh and recycled 13,392 lbs of recyclable materials, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 37% and saving $45,677.

    Redondo Elementary saved 242,222 kWh of electricity by implementing a program to automatically turn-off computers every afternoon and forming a green team, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 25% and saving $18,130.

    Bent Tree Elementary saved 164,160 kWh of electricity and recycled 13,560 lbs, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 23% and saving $8,798.

    Mater Academy reduced the school's carbon emissions by 21.6% by saving 546,048 kWh of electricity. Mater Academy made their yearbook green, started a recycling program, and held a school-wide awareness campaign on energy. Students also conducted personal energy surveys.

    Jose Marti Middle in their 2nd year of the GSC, saved 380,633 kWh of electricity and recycled 8,518 lbs, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 20% and saving $16,697.

    Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a 3rd year GSC school. This year, Palmetto won the America Recycles Day award from the State of Florida for collecting the most recycling pledges in the state. Palmetto also continued their energy saving programs, saving 526,888 kWh to reduce the school's carbon emissions by 18% and save $22,940.

    Pine Lake Elementary formed a 5th grade eco-team to monitor their recycling program, which recycled 11,186 lbs. Pine Lake provided regular green tips to students and staff and saved 170,160 kWh of electricity, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 17% and saving $6,599.

    Shenadoah Middle School formed a green team to conduct energy patrols and energy audits, planted trees, and started a paper-recycling program, saving 260,326 kWh of electricity and reducing the school's carbon emissions by 15%, saving $10,959.

    George Washington Carver Middle, a 2nd year GSC school, saved 111,792 kWh of electricity and recycled 4,950 lbs, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 14%. Ms. Vazquez also won the National Environmental Education Foundation Bartlett Award! Carver now requires all 6th & 7th graders to conduct home energy audits and with funds from the Fairchild Challenge they purchased and installed 50 CFLs. All subject areas are integrating environmental activities and a professional development in green curriculum will be implemented next year.

    Kendale Elementary, a 2nd year school, included monthly "Green Tips" on school calendars sent to parents and recycled 12,456 lbs of recycled materials. School teams monitored lights, electrical equipment, and computers, and planted trees, saving the school 115,668 kWh of electricity, reducing the school's carbon emissions by 13% and saving $1,714.

    Click here for each school's personal Greenometer. If you were not able to attend the end of the year awards ceremony, we will be dropping off your school's greenometer this week and next.

    More about the Green Schools Challenge.

    Already a GSC school? Click here for GSC resources.

    The Green Schools Challenge is a partnership with the National Alliance to Save Energy. The GSC is funded by Miami-Dade County, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Dade Community Foundation.


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