District honored at Green California Schools Summit
SCUSD was honored recently with a Leadership Award at the Green California Schools Summit in Pasadena. The award is in recognition of the district’s achievements in green building and energy efficiency. The awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.
SCUSD has made green policies and practices a priority for the way it educates students and conducts business at all levels. The district’s efforts focus on resource conservation, green building, energy monitoring, innovative transportation and recycling efforts. SCUSD also focuses on health and wellness, providing salad bars at every school, purchasing local produce and utilizing green cleaning products.
Sustainable practices can also be found integrated into student learning, emphasizing school gardens, Project Green and student green teams. Green teams have been created across the district and teachers, parents, staff and community experts work with each team to draft recommendations for green improvements.
The district’s Project Green provides real-world applications to classroom instruction about the environment and sustainable living. Students present their recommendations to a panel of local experts and non-profits. As a result, 15 SCUSD schools were awarded $5 million of redevelopment funds over the past three school years to implement their recommended green school projects.