Fryberger Elementary School
Through thematic, project-based learning units centered around California's Next Generation Science Standards and Environmental Principles and Concepts, Fryberger students engage in real-world ecological activities from organic farming in the school's garden to combatting microplastics in the ocean. After installing new energy-efficient HVAC systems, campus-wide LED lighting, and a solar array that produces 90 percent of the school's energy needs, the school developed a customized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program educating students on how these improvements help combat climate change. The school maintains an 80 percent waste diversion rate with students cleaning and sorting biodegradable foodservice containers and maintaining a school compost bin with red worms to break down food waste from meal service. Fryberger practices weekly mindfulness activities that teach students about the components of their brain, how to express their emotions, and how to set goals and never give up.