Generation Green's 2016 Apple Awards

The fifth annual Generation Green program, hosted by the USGBC South Florida Region's Treasure Coast Branch, received thumbs-up reviews from more than 150 enthusiastic attendees, including parents, teachers, school and district administrators and, of course, students. 

The program, held on April 30 at JD Parker Elementary School, recognized and honored students, individuals, classrooms and schools in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties for their commitment to greening schools and our Treasure Coast community. 

Nominees were evaluated based on their demonstration of a commitment to integrating a culture of sustainability into their schools'/districts' values, operations and lifestyles of those they serve, as well as students', faculty and administrators' singular commitments to sustainability. Nominees were also evaluated on their demonstrated leadership, advocacy and commitment to the advancement of the Mission of the USGBC in the marketplace and in the community. 

Apple Awards were presented as follows:

Green Student

1st Place: Adriana Mancini, Martin County
2nd Place: Kiira Hayes, Lakewood Park Elementary, St. Lucie County

Green Parent

1st Place: Kim Osborn & Rob Mauro, Hidden Oaks Middle, Martin County
2nd Place: Lisa Lehachi, Palm City Elementary, Martin County

Green Teacher/Faculty/Staff

1st Place: Karen Zeblisky, Jensen Beach Elementary, Martin County
2nd Place: Justin Keim, Lakewood Park Elementary, St. Lucie County

Green District Program

1st Place: Farm To Schools Program, Martin County
2nd Place: Students4H2O, Martin County

Green Classroom/Programs

1st Place: PCE Green Team, Palm City Elementary, Martin County
2nd Place: Team Green, Hidden Oaks Middle, Martin County

Green School

1st Place: JD Parker Elementary, Martin County
2nd Place: Central Elementary, Okeechobee County

Green Garden

1st Place: Roots & Rocket Garden, Palm Pointe K-8, St. Lucie County
2nd Place (tie): 1st Grade Garden, South Elementary, Okeechobee County
2nd Place (tie): Mr. Keim’s 4th Grade Garden, Lakewood Park Elementary, St. Lucie County

Generation Green 2016 Sponsors!

Generation Green is EXTREMELY grateful for our Sponsors' support. Such programs depend solely on support from the community.

Click on the logos below to learn more about these outstanding companies, and please to take a few minutes to thank them for their support of Generation Green.

Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors

We'd Love to Have YOU on the 2017 Generation Green and Treasure Coast Branch Team!   

There is a huge upside for sponsors and volunteers for supporting Generation Green, not the least of which is association with our regions' students, parents, teachers, administrators and schools, as well as our nonprofit organization's terrific volunteer family. 

To learn more about partnering with the USGBC and the Treasure Coast Branch to drive home the importance of greening our schools and educating our children, and to learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for Generation Green 2017, contact Niki Norton (772-220-4411). 

2015 Testimonials

« "Generation Green 2015 was an excellent event that offered a great opportunity to recognize many Green Schools programs. The students and teachers of many of the Treasure Coast's schools shined with wonderful green sustainable programs and volunteer efforts. It makes me proud to see what great sustainable education accomplishments were achieved. Our Treasure Coast Branch once again did a super job with this annual recognition program." ~ Stephen Chang, Chair, USGBC South Florida Region.

« "The Treasure Coast Branch's amazing volunteers did a great job of recognizing our region's students' green initiatives at the Apple Awards. JD Parker Elementary School was an outstanding venue, and the food, prizes and music were terrific! Thank you to Niki and her team along with the event sponsors for their dedication and commitment to recognizing our schools' green initiatives!" ~ Kyle Abney, Abney+Abney Green Solutions and Advisory Council Member, USGBC South Florida Region.

« "The green schools movement is the biggest thing to advance education since the introduction of technology in the classroom. I'm proud of our Treasure Coast Branch for creating Generation Green and for reaching so many children, faculty and parents. Where our kids learn matters!" ~ Lee Cooke, Executive Director, USGBC Florida Chapter



« "I was honored to have been included in the Treasure Coast Branch’s first Generation Green awards program. It was inspiring to see the commitment of the students, teachers and communities to improve their learning environments and teach valuable lessons about sustainability. There is great work going in schools across the country and around the world; thank you USGBC South Florida for recognizing these great local leaders!" ~ Emily Riordan, USGBC Center for Green Schools « "Many times children feel that their voices cannot be heard or that they cannot make a difference. The Apple Awards proclaim otherwise and shine a bright and deserved spotlight on these students. The pride our winners felt was so evident -- their beaming faces made all of the hard work by our volunteer team worthwhile. Small hands truly can make a world of difference." ~ Niki Norton, E2 Architecture & Design, and Chair and Founding Volunteer of Generation Green


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