December 2016

December Monthly Challenge
Water Conservation
Take a look at the activities proposed in the guidebook:
  • Green Schools Challenge: select 1 out of the first 4 activities
  • WE-LAB: refer to activity #5
  • Green City Challenge: refer to activity #6
How To Get Points
Download the submission form , fill out all the sections and submit it to your program manager along with photos or videos by December 31st .

Green Schools Challenge program manager: Mabel 
Green City Challenge program manager: Angela
WE-LAB program manager: Alexandra

Bonus Points
- Engage with us on social media every month using the hashtag #DIGAcademy
- Create your own monthly challenge (Green Schools Challenge program only)
- Complete all 6 monthly challenges or 4 field experiences by May 2017

Engage  With  Us On Social Media

Has your Green Team been sharing photos of their activities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Don't forget to tag Dream in Green's profiles and email your program manager the screen-shots of the messages you post. 

  Mid-Year Meeting: Jan. 23, 2017
Please save the date for our mid-year meeting which is taking place on Monday, January 23rd from 10 am to 12 pm. More details coming soon!
Dream in Green has $22,750 available to award as grants to schools this year. Visit our website to learn about the different types of grants.
The deadline to submit proposals for the December monthly challenge - Water Conservation - is Wednesday, November 30th. Remember, the grant is for $550!  Download the guidelines for the proposal.
The Academy's Star Schools

Students from West Miami Middle School created 3D models of different habitats and learned how they are being impacted by human activities. 
Students from Caribbean K-8 Center set up 3 hydroponic systems in their new science lab. These systems are efficient and minimize water waste.

Students from  Palmer Trinity School 
helped to write a proposal to start composting. It was accepted by the administration and they will work with cafeteria staff to use food waste. 
Student from Key Biscayne Presbyterian School built an irrigation system for their new garden. They also purchased rainwater barrels which they will use to water their garden.  

Every Drop Counts Poster Contest
MDCPS elementary school students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Every Drop Counts Poster Contest. Using this year's theme, "It Starts With Water - Conserve It," students can express the benefits of water and energy conservation. Participants will get a free T-shirt with a chance to win other prizes! Deadline to submit is February 10, 2017 . Click  here  for the entry form and more information.

Educational & Community Resources

Florida's Dept. of Environmental Protection has proposed an easing of restrictions on toxic chemicals in our surface waters, a rule-change that would have a direct impact on our health. It's now up to the Federal EPA to accept or reject the proposed change. To help influence this critical decision, learn more  here !

Check out Miami- Dade Water & Sewer Dept.'s rebate programs . By installing high efficiency fixtures in your home or having your irrigation system assessed, MDC can help you reduce your water use and your water bill. Contact Patrick J. Martin, at or 786-552-8972 for more information.

The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program visits schools each year to share water conservation and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ education with classes and after-school programs. If  you would like more information, please contact Barbara McAdam ( ) or Morgan Hopkins ( ) to schedule presentations

Awards & Grants for Special Projects

Congratulations  Air Base K-8 Center for being selected a 2015-2016 Florida Green School winner in the statewide Green School and District Awards Program. An initiative sponsored by the  FGSN, t his award acknowledges the school's achievements and commitment to efforts that enhance the quality of education while preserving the environment. 

Collaborate with a municipality, non-profit or community organization to plant native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade's corridors and gateways. Grants of  $5,000 to  $25,000 will be awarded to those communities who can demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers and visitors and are able to provide a stewardship plan for our joint investment.  Deadline: Dec. 16, 2016. 

Any school planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves youth is eligible to apply. The top five programs will receive packages valued at  $750 that include plants, tools, seeds, a $50 gift certificate for gardening supplies, and a KidsGardening curriculum package. Fifteen programs will receive a similar package valued at  $500 . D eadline: December 15, 2016. 

Gearing up for the Holidays
The volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25% during the holiday season. Below are some tips on how to be more environmentally conscious:

- Make your own gift wrapping and decorations