Los Cerritos Elementary School is among three public schools statewide nominated by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for this year’s national Green Ribbon Awards. The awards, given by the U.S. Department of Education, recognize exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and provide effective environmental education.
Also nominated under the school district category was the El Monte Union High School District. Marin Country Day School, a private school in Marin County, also earned a Green Ribbon nomination from Torlakson.
The nominees were announced during a news conference at the El Monte district, where Torlakson also recognized the nominees as “Green Achievers,” the highest honor in California’s Green Ribbon awards program.
An Urban Farmyard at Los Cerritos has been cited by the California School Gardens Network as a model school garden and is a designated Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Butterfly Way Station. The garden is complemented by after school programs focused on environmental awareness, including Cool the Earth, Roots & Shoots, and Green Team. A comprehensive Safe Routes to School program includes Walk-to-School Wednesday, Walking School Bus and Bike-Friendly Friday activities.
The U.S. Department of Education will confirm state nominees on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Los Cerritos would be the fifth school in the Long Beach Unified School District to earn the national award. Hughes, Longfellow, Lowell and Twain schools have earned Green Ribbon honors.