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Release: #17-34
May 4, 2017
Contact: Robert Oakes
Phone: 916-319-0818

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Honors California Green Ribbon Schools for Receiving Federal Awards

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced two California schools and three school districts as 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Award winners.

The schools received federal honors for reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.

“I want to congratulate all these outstanding schools for this tremendous honor,” said Torlakson, a former high school science teacher. “Teachers, students, administrators, and staff are working together to show the importance of learning about the environment, following sustainable practices, and integrating environmental education into all facets of learning, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

California's honorees:
  • Yosemite High School, Merced Union High School District, Merced County
  • Culver City Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • Montecito Union School District, Santa Barbara County
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  • The Thacher School (private), Ojai, Ventura County

Torlakson previously designated these schools and districts as California Green Ribbon Schools “Green Achievers” at a March 3, 2017, event in Redondo Beach.

Private school designation was made by the California Association of Private School Organizations.

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education honored 45 schools, nine school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions for their innovative efforts.

Each of the schools demonstrated accomplishments in environmental education programs. For example, Yosemite High School’s Green Technology and Energy Conservation (GTEC) courses focus on energy conservation, lighting standards, and how to measure energy.

Students put the lessons into practice by installing solar electric systems in local homes. Students get guidance and on-the-job training from solar energy installation professionals, plus earning certification that puts them ahead in seeking jobs in the fast-growing green technology sector.

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

For more information and updates on the federal and state recognition for green schools, 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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