Dec 2017 & Jan 2018
Dear Teacher Champions:

It is difficult to believe that 2017 is already drawing to a close and we are half-way through the academic year.  We are so excited about unprecedented levels of participation in the Dream in Green Academy this academic year, with 111 schools enrolled across Miami-Dade.

We know that the spring semester brings much added work for teachers, but we want to encourage you all to keep up the great work to bring sustainability education to your school.  Your hard work and dedication to the Dream in Green program is what makes our success possible, and ultimately is what will ensure that our next generation is able to become the change-makers for our planet.  Below you will find some important updates, deadlines and opportunities for your students--as well as the schools who are currently leading the Challenge!  As always, please call us at 786-574-4909 or email any of our staff if you have questions about implementing the Dream in Green Academy.   

In this season of celebration and thanks, we hope you know how grateful we are for your efforts and commitment to the Dream in Green Academy and all that you do everyday to educate our youth.  

Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday!

The Dream in Green Team
Congratulations to our leading schools! 
There's still time to submit your activities to receive points.
MIDYEAR MEETING RESCHEDULED
The Dream in Green Academy's midyear meeting for teachers will be rescheduled since the original date is no longer a teacher planning day for MDCPS. In lieu of an in-person meeting, Dream in Green will host an interactive webinar to provide teachers the chance to ask questions and plan for the winter semester.  Date and details to follow! 
FALL SEMESTER MONTHLY CHALLENGE DEADLINES
Has your school completed the 2017 Monthly Challenge activities?  Remember to email all from September through December to Alexandra Ender ( alexandra@dreamingreen.org)  by  December 31st  in order to earn points for the activities completed.  

GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY  
Tips & Tricks!
Try these ideas to lessen your footprint this holiday season:
  • Many of us travel far distances for the holidays, packing a big carbon footprint.  A round-trip coach ticket from Miami to NYC is about 1.5 metric tons of carbon.  Keep in mind that the average person's annual carbon footprint is about 18 MT of carbon dioxide. You can calculate the carbon footprint of your holiday travel plans and offset your flight's carbon footprint with many major airlines (United, Delta) or you can purchase offsets directly with the Carbon Fund.   
  • Get creative with gift wrapping and try Furoshiki, the art of Japanese cloth gift wrapping.
  • Dispose of your tree at a facility where it will be chipped.  See Miami-Dade locations here.
  • Decorate with energy efficient LED strings.
  • Shop online or if you are going to go out shopping, take your own reusable bags.
  • Substitute one meat dish with a tasty vegetarian one.
  • Don't serve water bottles at dinner or parties.
  • Donate to an environmental/animal welfare organization instead of purchasing a gift that will end up in a landfill.
  • Buy used, purchase unique gifts from eBay, Caigslist, Etsy or Goodwill (you never know what you can find!) 
JANUARY MONTHLY CHALLENGE
Alternative Transportation
Activities are provided in the guidebook:
  • Green Schools Challenge schools: select 1 out of the 4 activities
  • Eleme ntary schools: pages 46-52; Secondary schools: pages 47-51
  • WE-LAB schools: select the WE-LAB activity 
  • Elementary schools: page 53; Secondary schools: page 52
How to earn points:
Download the submission form , fill out all the sections and email it to Alexandra Ender (alexandra@dreamingreen.org) along with photos or videos of the selected activity by Wednesday, January 31st



So far this year, Dream in Green has received very impressive Green Leadership Grant proposals.  If your school has not yet received a grant, please submit your proposal!

The deadline to submit your proposal for the February monthly challenge - Green Living (green building & green careers)- is Friday, January 26th (after break) Three schools have the opportunity to be awarded a $500 grant to support their February activities Download the proposal form and then email it to Sophia Salver, sophia@dreamingreen.org.

Reminders
  • Make sure your proposals match the monthly topic
  • Submit proposal by the deadline 
The final two proposal deadlines are:
  • Food Efficiency - Friday, February 23rd
  • Eco-Summit - Monday, March 19th 
THE PHOSPHORUS CHALLENGE
(*High Schools only)
Dream in Green is excited to partner with the Everglades Foundation to offer
HIGH SCHOOL Green Teams the opportunity to win significant cash prizes by participating in the Phosphorus Challenge, a video/PSA competition to build community awareness about the importance of the Everglades for our water supply, threats the system is facing and potential solutions. Videos are due February 7, 2018.

All high school teachers should have received an email with detailed instructions about how to participate, scoring guidelines and submission dates.  If you did not receive the email or have additional questions on how to participate, please contact Alexandra Ender (alexandra@dreamingreen.org).  

SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

Please continue to tag Dream in Green in your social media posts so that we receive the notifications of your photos and videos.  You can find us on  Facebook , Twitter , Instagram !  

*Schools are not required to have a profile on all three platforms. One is sufficient.