The Great California ShakeOut
Schools and districts are encouraged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut on October 20, 2016 (drills can be held on another day if necessary). The ShakeOut is designed to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes and to encourage people, organizations, schools, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn how to enhance existing plans. Participation in this year's ShakeOut will meet your school or district earthquake drill requirements.
California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program
California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) announces the 2016 California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program . This competitive grant program will provide funds for new youth soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball recreation opportunities in heavily populated, low-income urban areas with a high youth crime and unemployment rate. Local agencies, recreation districts, school districts, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply.
Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants
CalRecycle's tire grant programs are designed to encourage activities that promote reducing the number of waste tires going to landfills for disposal and eliminating the stockpiling of waste tires. Activities include tire pile cleanup and enforcement, market development and demonstration projects. Revenue for the grants is generated from a tire fee on each new tire sold in California.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Smart School Siting Tool
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released The Smart School Siting Tool to help communities make school siting decisions in a more coordinated and comprehensive way. Communities can use the tool to align school site selection with planning policies and capital investments, understand how well school siting and other community planning processes are coordinated, and compare school siting alternatives. The tool includes a user guide, which provides background on the links between school siting and community impacts and describes how to use the tool, and two Excel workbooks that users can download and fill out.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Guide for Healthier School Renovations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new booklet entitled Sensible Guide to Healthier School Renovations that will help schools around the country keep school environments healthy while cleaning up contaminants such as asbestos, mold, mercury, lead, and radon that are associated with renovations. This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff, and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children's exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations.
Assembly Bill 496 - Funding for Fresh Drinking Water
Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 496: Pupil Nutrition Funding for Drinking Water , which requires the California of Education to identify available sources for funding to fund water quality and infrastructure projects for local educational agencies.
California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
The report of Superintendent Torlakson's Environmental Literacy Task Force, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment, was released on September 15, 2015. Included are recommendations on learning environments [see recommendations 6(n.) and 6(q.) in particular].
Drought Response Best Practices/Resources
The California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division has developed Best Practices and Resources that include strategies that school district can consider to reduce their water usage. The list is not exhaustive and each district should evaluate a strategy based on the district's climate, existing conditions, and water reduction efforts already completed.