Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays to Announce Exciting Partnership to Benefit Local School

The District School Board of Pasco County, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gulf Coast Chapter and the Tampa Bay Rays are eager to announce an upcoming press event at James M. Marlowe Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida.  The event will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010. 

The Rays and the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter have partnered with Pasco County Education Foundation on an environmental education project. This dynamic Pasco County Schools partnership will be the first of its kind, to green an existing school building.    A green school is defined as a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

The Tampa Bay Rays have a long-standing tradition of meaningful involvement and continually strive to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the community.  With hundreds of members, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter consists of a strong community of leaders working together to make green buildings available to everyone.  The Pasco County District’s environmental education programs overall commitment to educating Pasco County students in the concepts of protecting our environment and its valuable resources is exemplary.  By “Teaming Up for the Environment,” the Rays, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and Pasco County School District will create a model partnership project to transform an existing school into a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings certified, environmentally sustainable school.

Rays President Matt Silverman and USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director Colleen Mackin will join Pasco County School District officials and the student body of James M. Marlowe Elementary School in announcing this monumental public-private partnership that will transform the operation of the school and benefit the entire community for years to come. 

Public-private partnerships in education are essential for building a solid foundation for student success, ”stated Pasco Superintendent of Schools, Heather Fiorentino.  “We are so grateful to the entire Rays organization and the USGBC members for their generosity and continued support of our school system.  As valued partners in strengthening our schools, they are making a strategic investment in the future of our community,” she added. 

For more information about the upcoming press event at Marlowe Elementary School, please contact the District School Board of Pasco County. 


Press Event
James M. Marlowe Elementary School
5642 Cecelia Drive,  New Port Richey, FL  34652
September 24, 2010
1:00 p.m.