2019 California Green Ribbon School Award Winners

One California school district and four individual schools have been nominated to compete in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program while three school districts, 20 schools and one county all won the 2019 California Green Ribbon Schools Awards. The program honors schools that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy.

“California Green Ribbon Schools engage our kids to understand and act on behalf of their environment.” said State Superintendent Tom Thurmond. “From global-sized problems like climate change to local challenges like water quality, sustainability education grows the creativity, critical thinking skills, and environmental literacy our students need in order to lead now and into the future.”

The five ED-GRS nominees are:

  • Carrisa Plains Elementary School, Atascadero Unified, San Luis Obispo County
  • Eagle Rock Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Quail Lake Environmental Charter, Sanger Unified, Fresno County
  • Rialto Unified School District, San Bernardino County
  • St. James Academy (private) in Solana Beach, San Diego County

 These five are also California’s "Green Achievers," the highest honor in the California Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.

Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three “pillars.” Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs; Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and Pillar III: provide effective environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, civic skills, and green career pathways.

The California Green Ribbon Schools recognition award uses the applications submitted for nomination to ED-GRS to recognize schools and school districts for environmental excellence. Private school awards are conferred by the California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO).

California is one of 28 state authorities nominating schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions for ED-GRS recognition this year. The U.S. Department of Education will confirm state nominees later this spring.

Details on each California nominee are available here.

For more information, please visit the CDE's Green Ribbon Schools Award Program website.


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