Generation Green's Apple Awards 2014

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

The program, held on April 12 at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Palm City, 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 Classroom/Program

  • First Place (tie) -- Team Green Recycle, Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County
  • First Place (tie) -- Ray Matthews, Crystal Lake Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Gators Growing a Love of Reading, Allapattah Flats K-8, St. Lucie County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Mrs. Fulleda’s and Mrs. Jones’ Recycling Rock Stars, Central Elementary, Okeechobee County
  • Second Place (tie) -- PTA/Club Go Green, Citrus Grove Elementary, Martin County
  • Honorable Mention -- Social Club, Fellsmere Elementary, Indian River County
  • Honorable Mention -- Garden Club, Port Salerno Elementary, Martin County
  • Honorable Mention -- 3rd Grade Stem, St. Lucie Elementary, St. Lucie County

Green Parent

  • First Place -- Cindy Paluszek, Hobe Sound Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Lana Barros, Citrus Grove Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Jacquie Mancini, Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County

Green Principal/Department Head

  • First Place -- Joan Gibbons, Hobe Sound Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Victoria Defenthaler, Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Larry Green, Pinewood Elementary, Martin County

Green Teacher/Faculty/Staff

  • First Place -- Celeste Norup, Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Tricia Martin, Citrus Grove Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Missy O'Connor, Hobe Sound Elementary, Martin County

Green School

  • First Place (tie) -- Hobe Sound Elementry, Martin County
  • First Place (tie) -- Citrus Grove Elementary, Martin County
  • First Place (tie) -- Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Jensen Beach Elementary, Martin County
  • Second Place (tie) -- Central Elementary, Okeechobee County
  • Honorable Mention -- Riverbend Academy, Martin County

Green Student

  • First Place -- Brianna Rother, David Anderson Middle School, Martin County
  • Second Place -- Adriana Mancini, Bessey Creek Elementary, Martin County
  • Honorable Mention -- Aaliyah Alvarez, Port Salerno Elementary, Martin County


Generation Green 2014 Sponsors

Generation Green is EXTREMELY grateful for our 2014 Sponsors' support. This year's program was sponsored by Waste Management and TD Charitable Foundation (our Gold Sponsors), as well as by Pirtle Construction, Crossroads Architecture, Abney + Abney Green Solutions, S2 Creative, FPL, Blue Star Infrared, Tamara Dalton Design Studio, Pinder’s Nursery, and the USGBC South Florida Chapter


There is a huge upside for sponsors of Generation Green, not the least of which is association with our regions' students, parents, teachers, administrators and schools. 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 opportunities for Generation Green 2015, contact Niki Norton (772-287-7330).




The Day's Events

Prior to the start of the formal program at Citrus Grove Elementary, student were invited to decorate a cardboard apple with recycled materials, which were judged and awarded cash prizes. Students enthusiastically and quite creatively decorated their apples while listening to the upbeat sounds of Turn It Up DJs.  First Place design was awarded to Hobe Sound Elementary; Second Place to Joan Gibbons of Hobe Sound Elementary; and Third Place to Tricia Martin of Citrus Grove Elementary.

The formal awards presentation began with a welcome from Kyle Abney, Treasure Coast Branch Chair. TD Bank's Rachel Hough also addressed our guests and winners. Candace Walls read a special message from our State Representative Patrick Murphy. Awards were presented by Kyle, Rachel and Candace, as well as by Generation Green Founder and Chair, Niki Norton ... and a GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!


2014 Testimonials

« "Generation Green 2014 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." ~ Sandra Lee, President, USGBC South Florida Chapter

« "The Treasure Coast Chapter's amazing volunteers did a great job of recognizing our region's students' green initiatives at the Apple Awards. Citrus Grove Elementary was an outstanding setting, and the food, prizes and music were terrific! Thank you to Niki and her team along with Waste Management and TD Bank Foundation for their dedication and commitment to recognizing our schools' green initiatives!" ~ Kyle Abney, Abney+Abney Green Solutions and Chair, Treasure Coast Branch

« "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 in the first year, and I look forward to participating in the event again next year. Where our kids learn matters!" ~ Celeste E. Norup, National Board Certified, M.C.G., Bessey Creek Elementary, Fourth Grade Teacher

« "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 Green Apple Awards shout otherwise and shine a great 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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