The Culver City and Redondo Beach unified school districts were among winners of the 2017 Green Ribbon School award.
The winners received U.S. Department of Education 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 state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
“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,” said Torlakson, a former high school science teacher.
The Department of Education chose honorees from 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Culver City Unified won for working to foster a “culture of sustainability,” particularly through a “Green5” education program aimed at increasing awareness of the need to reduce, reuse, recycle, ride and rethink.
Redondo Beach Unified was noted for its emphasis on student and staff safety, the solar shade structures included on each campus and its environmentally sustainable facilities.
Torlakson previously designated the school districts as California Green Ribbon Schools “Green Achievers” at a March 3 event in Redondo Beach.
— City News Service
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