Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta was among the honorees named Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education as a national Green Ribbon School for its efforts to reduce environmental impact and boost sustainability.

The campus, part of the Glendale Unified School District, was among 39 schools, 11 districts and five postsecondary institutions across the country that were included in the national Green Ribbon Schools accolade list. In order to receive the distinction, campuses or districts must display “innovative efforts” toward addressing the U.S. Department of Education’s three pillars: reducing environmental impact and utility costs, improving health and wellness and ensuring effective sustainability education.

“I want to congratulate this year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School honorees for a job well done,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement announcing the honorees. “During this unprecedented time, it’s a pleasure to celebrate these bright spots of creativity and to applaud the teachers and local education leaders who have worked to create healthy, sustainable and innovative learning environments for their students.”

According to the Glendale Unified School District, Clark Magnet High School “is a leader in teaching environmental science research and Geographic Information Systems, with an emphasis on connecting students to careers in green technology.”

The national Green Ribbon Schools list included four California campuses, which were nominated as “Green Achievers” for the accolade by the California Department of Education, which also announced Wednesday its list of 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools honorees.

Similar to the national award, 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools recognize campuses for taking an active local approach to combating greater global issues, such as environmental sustainability and ecological literacy, through campus action, according to the California Department of Education.

“Congratulations to the honorees,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said in a statement. “California Green Ribbon Schools expertly use local approached to tackle global issues such as sustainability and environmental literacy. Students are not only learning and practicing environmental stewardship, but also sharing those sustainable practices with their families and in their communities.”

Los Angeles and Orange county campuses and districts included in the California Green Ribbon School Awardees list were:

— Anderson W. Clark Magnet High, Glendale Unified, Los Angeles County (Green Achiever);

— Jefferson Elementary, Redondo Beach Unified, Los Angeles County (Gold);

— Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Glendale Unified, Los Angeles County (Silver);

— Patricia Dreizler Continuation High, Redondo Beach Unified, Los Angeles County (Bronze);

— Golden View Elementary, Ocean View, Orange County (Silver); and

— Claremont Unified, Los Angeles County (Gold).

Other California schools included on the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools list were Edison Elementary School in Alameda; Creston Elementary School in Creston; and Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. In addition, Carmel Unified School District in Carmel was named a District Sustainability Awardee.

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