From Orange County Public Schools

 Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs honored  Wekiva High School with her Mayor’s Award for the first annual Orange County Sustainable Development Awards.

Orange County’s Sustainable Development Awards honors the very best in sustainable design and development projects throughout Orange County. The first annual Sustainable Development Awards recognized innovative owners and development teams, which design and implement sustainable developments. In highlighting these achievements, Orange County leadership seeks to inspire others to explore and implement sustainable design and development — where residents actively seek to live, work, learn, shop, recreate and raise a family. By extension — the Award Program also honors and encourages sustainable vibrant and attractive developments which will serve the millions of annual visitors to Orange County.

The top honor –   Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community – went to Wekiva High School’s Aquaponic Garden. The Mayor’s Award is given to projects within unincorporated Orange County that demonstrate outstanding qualities of sustainability and contribution to the community. Wekiva’s project was selected based on its innovative approach to STEM learning.

Note: Pictured in the above photo is Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, teacher Hai-Ahn Nguyen, members of the Wekiva High Aquaponics program, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

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