For the second year, Agromin co-sponsored the City of Ventura's Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence. This year's winner is Saticoy Elementary School. Ventura Mayor Christy Weir and Agromin's CEO Bill Camarillo presented the award and $500 cash prize to the school at a November 14 school assembly. The school was again honored on November 17 at a Ventura City Council meeting.
Saticoy was one of 12 school entries. It was selected because of its continuing green efforts. Saticoy Elementary School students, parents, faculty and staff, with the support of school principal James Sather, implement an ongoing campus-wide conservation, recycling and waste reduction program.
Under the guidance of fifth grade teacher Debi Tygell and other faculty members, students collect scrap food after lunch and put the materials in composting bins. A "green team" makes sure anything that can be recycled from lunch including plastics is put into recycling bins. The school recently introduced a valet team, with members escorting younger students in the morning from their parents' cars to their classrooms. This effort eliminates green house gas emissions by reducing morning traffic congestion around the school.
Some Saticoy students developed a game show, skits and public service announcements (PSAs) on the value of recycling. The PSAs are currently airing on the local cable station. Students also plant trees and maintain a school garden with Agromin supplying the mulch for these projects.
In addition to Saticoy Elementary, Lincoln, Pierpont and E.P. Foster schools were named award finalists for their green efforts.
"Agromin is pleased to partner with the City of Ventura for the Green School Award," says Agromin's Bill Camarillo. "When children are taught early about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment, it becomes a life-long way of doing things. We're finding kids are more conscious of the need to recycle than most adults."
Agromin is the green materials recycler for 19 cities in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Every year, the company collects over 260,000 tons of green material (leaves, grass clippings and wood). It then cleans, processes and composts the material into soil products. The products are returned to the earth when used by farmers, landscapers and consumers--thus closing the "recycling loop."
Agromin compost is listed by the non-profit Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) so it is used in certified organic production or food processing in accordance to the USDA National Organic Program standards. Agromin soil products are also approved for by the U.S. Composting Council (USCC). The certification means Agromin has met the USCC standards for compost content and its soil products are clean and safe. Agromin products are sold in bulk and in bags at locations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Products are also available online at www.agromin.com.
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