Dream in Green's mission is to empower individuals to respond to climate change and other environmental challenges facing local and global communities. We assist diverse organizations, including schools, households, local governments and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint, track their success and recognize achievements.
Through establishing partnerships in our community, we develop, implement and oversee educational programs and workshops that promote environmentally sustainable behaviors among all age groups, with a particular emphasis on K-12 students.
To date, our programs have served 330 unique schools and 90,000 individuals, roughly 74,000 of which were K-12 students. Our partner schools have helped to conserve 26.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, offsetting nearly 40 million pounds of carbon emissions, which equates to approximately $2.5 million in County utility savings. Those reductions are the equivalent of taking 2,712 homes off the electric grid for a year.
Miami Sunset Senior High School working with compost bins for Food Efficiency month!
Laura Saunders Elementary School makes their Green Pledge as part of their participation in the Dream in Green Academy.
Green Schools Challenge
Now in its 12th year, The Green Schools Challenge is Dream in Green's flagship program, which serves K-12 students, teachers and staff members in Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest school district in the nation. Through the Green Schools Challenge, students and staff are directly involved in designing and implementing energy and environmental solutions at their schools. Students come together as a Green Team to build a green foundation and complete fun monthly challenge activities related to energy efficiency and conservation, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, alternative transportation, green buildings, green careers, and food efficiency. The Program provides curriculum that builds on STEM requirements, delivers a deeper level of sustainability and climate change education, while reducing schools’ carbon footprint and fostering behaviors that promote the long-term environmental health of our community.
Green Leadership Grants
The Green Leadership Grant program provides grants to Green Teams (students) participating in the Green Schools Challenge and the WE-LAB Schools Program. Given the limited resources available to most schools, the Green Leadership Grant Program is critical to defray costs associated with bringing green projects and sustainability education to life. Designed to empower student leaders and foster collaboration, students work together to conceive of projects to meet sustainability goals, develop a proposal, budget and devise a method to measure their project’s success.
The Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) Program focuses on delivering urgent and highly relevant environmental education about the water-energy nexus to Miami-Dade County residents, teachers, and students. Through educational workshops, classroom learning, online community forums and interactive tools, WE-LAB seeks to motivate community-wide water-energy-saving behaviors and foster long-term environmental stewardship through money-saving actions. Audiences learn about the interdependence of the water and energy sectors and their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. WE-LAB partners with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department to offer a platform to promote water conservation programs aimed to incentivize and educate residents on how to decrease the strain on water resources. WE-LAB provides education on how to track and analyze water and energy use, as well as tools to allow conservation behaviors to be applied at home. Through this program, participants reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources and save money on their utility bills.
Interim Board Chair & Vice Chair
Past Chair & Co-Founder
Jenny May Arias
Special Projects Coordinator
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.