Environmental Action

Overview of Environmental Action

The Environmental Action challenge is designed to get students involved in making a difference in the homeschool, and the community with initiatives that promote environmental awareness and conservation. Applying lessons from the classroom to real world scenarios encourages students to become civic minded thinkers and actively engaged citizens, while they experience first-hand how they can make a difference in the world around them.

For this challenge, multiple environmental action projects done throughout the school year are encouraged. Ultimately, this should become an all-school effort, engaging as much of the student body as possible. Throughout the program year, we will provide optional opportunities for schools to participate and increase their knowledge and awareness of local environmental issues while simulatenously experiencing the outdoors of South Florida.

We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for environmental opportunities offered throughout South Florida to share with the community. 

Upcoming Environmental Action Opportunities in our Community


The Center for Green Schools

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council proudly introduces the Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program. The program encourages sustainable practices in classrooms to further the mission of creating green schools for everyone within this generation.The program is designed to provide pre-K–12, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other pre-K–12 stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to identify features that support or impede environmentally healthy, resource efficient, and sustainable learning spaces, and recognize, adopt, and implement practices that promote health among students and school occupants.

  For more information, visit The Center for Green Schools.


Green Ribbon Schools  

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools will recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.  The Department will recognize schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates.  Teachers who register for DPC are eligible to receive up to $500 in project materials.  For more information, visit Green Ribbon Schools.

Endangered Lands hosts volunteer events

Environmentally Endangered Lands

Volunteer to make Miami-Dade greener! You can get involved by joining one of the workdays organized by the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program and help to protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County. The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas. Community hours are available through this volunteer program. For more information, download the Calendar of Events and visit Environmentally Endangered Lands Workdays.

Tropical Audubon Society events

Tropical Audubon Society is proud to once again offer an outstanding lineup of outings and monthly programs. You will see bird, plant and butterfly trips; morning trips, all day trips, overnight trips; outings nearby and outings afar; the very important seasonal bird counts; special events; workdays; plant sales; and lots of ways to have a good time while supporting a great cause and learning more about our native environment. For more information, visit Tropical Audubon Habitat Workdays. 

Surfrider Miami

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Surfrider regularly needs volunteers for their dune restoration activities in Miami Beach. For more details, visit Surfrider Dune Restoration.

Join Earth Hour

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. For more information, visit Earth Hour.

Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County

If you would like to learn more about local environmental organizations, events and volunteer opportunities, visit the Environmental Education Providers website at www.eepmiami.org.  


Urban Paradise Guild

We all live in the city, and we all deserve to live in Paradise. Urban Paradise is our objective. Our Guild of innovative, skilled and hard-working people will make it real.  The Urban Paradise Guild was founded to bring natural habitat back to the places where we live. For more information, visit Urban Paradise Guild.

Recycling Fundraiser

Looking for a great way to raise thousands of dollars for your school or club and help protect the environment? With Recycling Fundraiser's™ (formerly EcoPhones) Consumer Electronics & Metal Jewelry Recycling Fundraiser there's no limit to how much you can earn. There's nothing to buy and nothing to sell. Simply ask parents, neighbors, peers, and local businesses to donate and recycle their used consumer electronics and any unwanted, tangled or broken metal jewelry. They pay the highest dollar amount for used jewelry and up to $350.00 per used consumer electronics item. For more information, visit Green School Recycling Fundraiser.

United States Environmental Protection Agency - Climate Change for Students   

Our world is always changing. Look out your window long enough, and you might see the weather change. Look even longer, and you'll see the seasons change. The Earth's climate is changing, too, but in ways that you can't easily see.  Learn the basics!  For more information, visit EPA's A student's Guide to Global Climate Change.

Recycle Bowl Competition

 The race is on. Keep America Beautiful’s recycling competition is back. Compete against other schools in your state and nationwide to see who recycles the most. There are lots of ways to get involved, tools and resources to get you started, and GREAT PRIZES for top performers!

Learn the basics!  For more information, click here.

Additional Resources:

How-to-Guide: Environmental Action - ElementaryMiddle and High       
Environmental Action Resources
List of Local Environmental Groups

School Water Measurement Activity
School Water Audit Teachers Guide
Be Water Wise Miami Teacher Resources
Water Curricula
Water Saving Tips for Schools (WASD)




Updated: 08/15/2013