Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization created for educating individuals, businesses and policymakers within the Florida Keys community to promote sustainable actions through waste reduction, efficient and renewable energy, and the conservation of water and land resources.


Looking for volunteers in the Islamorada/Tavernier area

The Village of Islamorada has launched a Got Your Bags? Florida Keys campaign and is looking for people to join their group of volunteers to help spread the message and help reduce disposable plastic bag usage in the community. Plastic bags can easily become litter and marine debris, spoiling the community and harming wildlife. For more information please contact Mary Swaney, Assistant Village Manager/Public Information Officer, Islamorada, Village of Islands, 305-664-6411, mary.swaney@islamorada.fl.us

Annual meeting 2015 held on May 6

Florida Keys Green Living and Energy Education’s annual meeting was held on Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.at Cabana Breezes, 401 E. Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach.  Open to the public, people could meet others interested in Keys’ environmental issues and hear from some local leaders in sustainability from all sections of the community, including the City of Marathon.

Topics and speakers included:

  • Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key, by Patrick Garvey of the Growing Hope Initiative
  • Got Your Bags? Florida Keys, by co-founder Dolly Garlo
  • Marine debris, by Gabby Renchen of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Sustainable Floridians Program, by Monroe County Extension Director Alicia Betancourt
  • GLEE’s Green Drinks networking program, by organizers Alison Higgins and Karen Quist
Sat Apr 25, 2015, 10am-2pm – “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” and Big Pine Key Winn Dixie store host third and Final Bag event of the season
Ashlee and shopper inside WD
Pick up a complimentary bag, at our table, pledge to use fewer disposable bags, take advantage of Winn Dixie’s BOGO on store bags, find out more about our program, help us out if you have time, donate… support us.


Big Pine Key Winn Dixie hosts first Grocery Store event on Sat Dec 20th. 2014, 10am-2pm

If this catches on with the other Winn Dixie stores throughout the Keys and other grocery chains, it has the potential to reduce millions of plastic bags in the Keys.  Read the press release for more info.

Do some shopping for a good cause

Doing a spot of shopping on Amazon? If so, it’s easy to donate to GLEE using Amazon Smile at no cost to the shopper! The Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the amount of the goods purchased to the nonprofit chosen by the shopper. It’s the same Amazon website, no extra cost to you, just a different way to access Amazon. Please give it a try here. We appreciate all donations.

Fall 2014 Newsletter

The GLEE newsletter fall 2014 is now available.

Monroe County Recycling

Monroe County residents can check what is valid for recycling every day by visiting the Monroe County website .

Key West Film Festival

KWFF and GYB collageFor past 2 years “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys,” a program of Florida Keys Green Living and Energy Education, has been in partnership with the Key West Film Festival.  In 2014 the KWFF showed  a free film called No Impact Man, open to the public, at the Tropic Cinema .

A GLEE & Got Your Bags? Florida Key exhibit table was set up at the Tropic to accompany the movie with opportunities to meet members of GLEE and the Got Your Bags? Group and pick up a  free reusable shopping bag compliments of the Key West Film Festival  during this time.  Read more details here.

In 2016, the KWFF plans to partner again with GLEE to produce a sustainability-conscious film festival and feature a line-up of environmentally-conscious  movies. More details coming.

Florida Keys Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE)