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 Local Schools, District Earn Green Ribbon Awards

​State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced yesterday that three San Diego County schools and one district were among a handful in the state that earned 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools awards.

The award honors schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. The recognition award is part of a larger effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness; and reinforces efforts to increase energy independence and economic security.

“Congratulations to this year’s honorees,” said Thurmond. “California Green Ribbon Schools expertly use local approaches 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.”

The San Diego County honorees are:

  • Jefferson Elementary, Carlsbad Unified (school)
  • San Diego Unified School District (district)
  • Francis Parker (private school)
  • St. Martin of Tours Academy (private school)

Awards are based on progress towards reaching goals in three areas:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs
  • Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
  • Provide effective environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math; civic skills; and green career pathways

"It is fitting to recognizes these schools on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County superintendent of schools. "On Earth Day, the whole world focuses on transformative change for people and the planet. These schools and district put that into action year-round, demonstrating that doing good for the environment is also good for students and our community."