California Green Ribbon Schools and “Green Achievers” Announced

Five California schools have been designated as “Green Achievers” for their energy conservation efforts by the US Department of Education:

  • Fryberger Elementary School (Westminster, Orange County)
  • May Ranch Elementary School (Val Verde Unified, Riverside County)
  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School (Desert Sands Unified, Riverside County)
  • Los Altos High School (Mountain View-Los Altos Union High, Santa Clara County)
  • The Nueva School (private) in San Mateo County

In addition, 21 schools and two districts have received 2021 California Green Ribbon Schools awards.

“The pandemic has driven home the vital importance of school buildings and grounds, health and wellness, and hands-on authentic learning,” US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement. “I congratulate the selected schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions, which are, through their sustainability practices, offering healthy, safe, efficient school environments and protecting our planet. Not surprisingly, many of our honorees support students in underserved communities, proving once again that green schools’ practices, encompassing best practices school operations, health, and environmental learning, are critical tools to advance equity.”

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond congratulated all of the recipients and said California’s Green Ribbon Schools program “empowers students to hone the skills they’ll use to lead and inspire their local communities to act on behalf of the environment.”

See a full list of honorees here