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Release: #18-41
May 16, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
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 that one California school district and four individual schools received 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awards.

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

“Congratulations to these outstanding schools and district for their wonderful achievements,” said Torlakson, who started his public service career as a high school science teacher and coach. “Administrators, teachers, parents, and students are working together to arm our students with the knowledge they need to act on behalf of our precious planet.”

California's honorees are:

  • Jack London Community Day School, Valley Glen, Los Angeles County
  • Monterey Road Elementary School, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo County
  • Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Placer County
  • Top of the World Elementary School, Laguna Beach, Orange County
  • Maple Village Waldorf School (private), Long Beach, Los Angeles County

Torlakson previously honored these schools and district as California Green Ribbon Schools “Green Achievers” at an April 23, 2018, event in Laguna Beach. For more information, visit the CDE California Green Ribbon Schools news release Web page.

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

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education honored 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions for their innovative efforts.

Each of the schools demonstrated accomplishments in environmental education programs. For example, Top of the World Elementary School students have opportunities to make positive impacts in their school and community at large. Students use the solar power generated from a solar array on a shed roof to power a blender and make smoothies. They also collect weather data for analysis through a school-wide WeatherBug system on building roofs. The school uses digital devices to complete many assignments, and PTA, principal, and district announcements are all sent digitally, reducing paper waste.

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

For more information and updates on the federal and state recognition for green schools, please visit the CDE Green Ribbon Schools Award Program Web 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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