• Two Ventura Elementary Schools Receive Green School Award
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at

  • Each year in honor of Earth Day, the City of Ventura presents Green School Awards to elementary schools that have shown environmental excellence and leadership in their community. Students and staff from Juanamaria Elementary School and ATLAS Elementary School were honored for their work on April 17.

    The schools were singled out for their projects that increase recycling, build wildlife habitats and reduce waste and water consumption.

    Now in its 10th year, the Green School Awards are given after a review of nominations. The awards are presented in partnership with Agromin and EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc., which provide an annual $500 cash award.

    According to the City of Ventura news release, students and staff at ATLAS Elementary School demonstrated excellence in sustainability with their recycling, electronic waste and battery collection programs. In the school's Makerspace classroom, students engineer their own designs out of recyclable materials. Because of their efforts, the city presented the school with the 2016-2017 Environmental Leadership Award.

    Juanamaria Elementary School conserves water by converting turfed areas into sustainable landscapes. Students were involved in mulching and planting of the school's new Science Garden. The school partnered with Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Garden group to design a water-wise reading garden for students and teachers. For this reason, Ventura Water presented the school with the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award.

    Congratulations to students and teachers for your great work!

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  • Free Landfill Day Draws a Crowd
    Monday, April 24, 2017 at

  • Moorpark and Thousand Oaks residents were able to discard unwanted bulky items and green materials for free on April 23 during landfill day at the Simi Valley Landfill & Recycling Center.

    Agromin collected tree branches and other plant materials, old wooden fences, wooden pallets and construction lumber. Agromin employees kept the process moving smoothly to accommodate the long line of cars and trucks. The collected material will be chipped and composted for use by growers, landscapers and residents. Free landfill day is a great way to show the public the green recycling process in action.

    Additional free landfill days are scheduled for Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark and surrounding unincorporated areas. For a schedule and list of accepted items, go to http://bit.ly/2pYrivO. Valid identification is necessary to show proof of residency.

    Free drop-off days at landfills take place throughout California. Check with your local waste hauler for days and times.

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  • College-Bound Oaks Christian Juniors and Seniors Visit Agromin
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at

  • Juniors and seniors at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village received an up-close lesson in organic waste management when they visited Agromin's green recycling facility in Oxnard. The students are currently enrolled in a college-level course at Oaks Christian where they are studying solid waste management, land use and environmental science.

    Agromin's Dave Green showed the students the composting process--from green materials intake to finished compost--and discussed the importance of diverting food waste and other organics from landfills and then converting them into products used by growers.

    The students also learned about environmental and science careers in the organics recycling industry. Judging from the knowledge, concern and interest shown by these high schoolers, our environmental future will be in good hands!

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