Schools in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago to Vie for Green Makeover

Schools in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago to Vie for Green Makeover

A public school in Miami, San Francisco and Chicago will win a green makeover worth $250,000 in an environmentally friendly contest whose chief sponsors are EcoMedia and the CBS Corporation.

The CBS & EcoZone Green Schools Initiative brought its “Green My School Contest” to San Francisco’s Sherman Elementary School yesterday as part of the launch ceremonies that started in Miami last week.

K-12 public schools in each city are eligible to compete for the green makeover, which the sponsors value at $250,000 in products and services. To compete, students, teachers and administrators from each school are to fashion an entry that illustrates what being green means to their school and submit it to the contest site at

The competition runs until the end of the fall semester and the winners in each city are expected to be announced in January. The selection committee is to include representatives of the U.S. Green Building Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, the Waterkeeper Alliance, city and school officials, corporate sponsors and members of the CBS Corporation.

Key supporters of the program include Microsoft, Safeway's O Organics line, lighting supplier TCP, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and others. Funding for the contest and its awards is made possible by corporate sponsors’ ad purchases through the primary project partners — CBS and the environmental media company EcoMedia — and their media partners.

Leaders of the Green Schools Initiative joined San Francisco Unified School Superintendent Carlos Garcia at Sherman Elementary School on Tuesday to urge district schools to compete in the contest.