A Key West high school alternative energy program is one of five winners in Florida's Governor's Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards program.
Wednesday in Tampa, Key West High School science teacher Joshua Clearman and his students won the program's Class Award for the Alternative Energy Center they created to adopt emerging green technology. Clearman's class produced biodiesel on a small scale and even had a car donated by a member of the community to use as a test model for biodiesel.
With a small amount of funding, Clearman divided the students into groups -- mechanic, research, public relations, artistic and facilitators -- to take their project to the next level, which they hope will be running the School District's bus fleet entirely on biodiesel.
The awards program recognizes the efforts of creating healthy, efficient and productive places for learning.
Three finalists were selected in each of five categories: Class, Student, Teacher, School and School District. Eligible projects were categorized in four themes: Green learning environments including indoor and outdoor facilities, exemplary green curriculum or teacher professional development programs, green service learning projects, and green policies or partnerships. More than 125 applications were received.
Each of the five winners received a $1,500 cash award. Finalists received $500. The winners besides Clearman's class: