ED-GRS Announces 2018 Director’s Award Recipient
ED has selected Penny Taylor, director of the Office of Healthy Schools at the Florida Department of Education, as the recipient of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award. Penny began, in 2012, giving the award a permanent home in her office. Then, in 2014, Penny hosted a Florida Green Strides Tour leg. She led a committee effort to simplify the Florida application process. Penny has participated in numerous professional gatherings related to school health, environment, and sustainability. Penny has partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, non-profit Sustainable Florida, as well as curriculum and facilities offices in her agency. The Memorandum of Understanding Penny devised with several of these partners established the Florida Green School Network, helping to create a pipeline of nominees for ED-GRS recognition and to support the green schools movement in the state. Penny will be honored, alongside schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions at a ceremony in Washington, DC this fall.