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MARTIN COUNTY -- On April 13, the Treasure Coast Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter hosted the Generation Green 2013 Apple Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who have implemented and are committed to green innovation.
Nearly 150 parents, teachers, and school and district administrators attended the awards ceremony at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.
Environmental Studies Council took first place in the Green Trustee category for their native plant restoration project. Tracey Etelson of Bridges Montessori took first place in the Green Principal award.
The overall winner for Green School went to Bessey Creek Elementary in Palm City for overall green implementation into the school, as well as first place for Green Classroom with their "Team Green Recycle Buddies" and has first place Green Parent, which was awarded to Cheryl Frey and Jacquie Mancini.
Melissa Dubois of Port Salerno Elementary was awarded the first place Green Teacher award, and Rachel Ram of Martin County High School was awarded the first place Green Student award.
Entries were judged by an independent panel of green industry professionals.
Other finalists included Citrus Grove Elementary School, Fellsmere Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, FAU Harbor Branch, Hobe Sound Elementary, Central Elementary, Village Green Environmental Studies School, and Jensen Beach Elementary.
Prior to the start of the formal program, finalists were invited to decorate a cardboard apple with recycled materials, which were judged and awarded cash prizes for first, second, and third place.
Generation Green was sponsored by Waste Management, TD Bank, Pirtle Construction, Crossroads Architecture, Abney & Abney Green Solutions, Donadio & Associates, S2 Creative, Calmac, Crary Buchanan, Lutron Electronics, FPL, Blue Star Infrared, Tamara Dalton Design Studio, Ecycle Rocks, Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co., Golden Age Living, Pinder's Nursery, Dee-Stefanos Catering, Goldstein, Schmitt, and Wade, P.L., Geminye Design Group, Morganti Group, Inc., and the USGBC South Florida Chapter.
To learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council, contact Lee Cooke, executive director, at (561) 373-7367, firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to www.usgbcsf.org. For more information on Generation Green, contact Niki Gozdz at email@example.com.