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Release: #16-30
April 22, 2016
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates
California's National Green Ribbon Districts, Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced three California school districts and two individual schools as 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for environmental accomplishments.

California's honorees are:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco County
  • Bay Farm School, Alameda, Alameda County
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School (private), Oakland, Alameda County

"I congratulate the teachers, administrators, and staff from these schools for committing to a healthy learning environment and following sustainable practices on campus. The schools focus on helping students make informed choices as consumers to conserve our natural resources," said Torlakson. "As a former science teacher, I strongly believe that environmental literacy teaches students to respect themselves and others as well as the world they live in."

Nationwide, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. U.S. Secretary of Education John King and Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss made the announcement at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.

The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 27 state education agencies. The list of 73 total selectees includes 41 public schools and six private schools. The public schools include three charter and eight magnet schools.

The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K–12 configurations. Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found at the Green Ribbon Schools [] External link opens in new window or tab. Web site. A report with highlights on honorees can be found at the Green Ribbon Schools Performance [] External link opens in new window or tab. Web site.

For more information and updates on the 2016 award cycle, please visit CDE's Green Ribbon Schools Award Program page.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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