WE-LAB has been integrated into Dream in Green’s Green Schools Challenge (GSC) in order to deliver advanced environmental education about the water-energy nexus to K-12 school children, their parents and teachers.

K-12 Schools that have participated in the GSC program for more than three years are invited to participate in WE-LAB. These schools are then required to complete specific monthly challenges that are directly linked to the water-energy nexus. The monthly challenge component of the GSC curriculum proposes fun educational activities for students to learn about specific environmental topics,  an opportunity to get them involved in real-world, no-cost solutions at their schools.

Schools completing the program are recognized as WE-LAB Certified.

Green Leadership Grants: Students Implementing Change

In the 2016-2017 academic year, Dream in Green will award 17 grants totaling $22,750 for Green Teams to design and complete monthly challenge activities, eco-summits and ‘eco-hubs’ projects from October 2016 to April 2017. Here is the breakdown:

Monthly Challenge Grants (from October to March): Two (2) $550 grants per month to support monthly challenge activities included in the 2016-2017 Academy Guidebook. Monthly themes include energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, alternative transportation, ‘green’ living and food efficiency. We also encourage schools to create their own projects in relation to the environmental topic of the month.

Eco-Summit Grants (April): Two (2) $575 grants to support eco-summits that showcase students’ ‘green’ projects to the wider community. For more information about how to create an Eco-Summits refer to the 2016-2017 Academy Guidebook.

‘Eco-hub’ Grants (December): Three (3) $5,000 grants to create or transform an area of the school into a vibrant ‘green’ educational space that incorporates elements related to The Academy’s monthly topics. Green Teams submit a proposal to improve or create an indoor or outdoor area of the school into an educational hub where students gather to learn about the environment, raise awareness about its associated challenges, and come up with hands-on solutions for the monthly challenges.

Click here for more information and guidelines.

Teacher’s Corner  

October – Energy Efficiency and Conservation   

November – Waste Reduction & Recycling

December – Water Conservation

January – Alternative Transportation

February – Green Buildings

March – Green Careers



MDCPS School Recycling Contacts

Environmental Protection Agency


Miami-Dade County – Water Conservation

Sandia National Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory