• Ventura's 2010 Green School Award Winner Is…..Portola Elementary School!
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at

  • In celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15, the City of Ventura Environmental Services named Portola Elementary School as the winner of the fourth annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence.
    Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton and Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo presented the award to Portola Elementary School at an all-school assembly (that's Bill on the left with Principal Robert Ruiz). Agromin partners with the city each year to help select the winning school. It also presents the school with a $500 cash prize.

    Portola Elementary was selected because of its impressive recycling program that helps to fund its Fifth Grade Outdoor Education program, according City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Christine Wied. The school has developed a culture of "it is easy to be green" through not only their recycling and waste reduction programs but also in their energy and water conservation.

    Special "Environmental Hero" recognition certificates will also be presented to De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) for their environmental education programs; Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education for their environmental community action; Pierpont Elementary for waste reduction through gardening, composting and water conservation; and Saticoy Elementary for Climate Action through their strategies to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution around the school.

    Many public and private schools are making great efforts to help our environment. The City in partnership with Agromin, recognize and encourage these school efforts through the annual Green School Award.

    Agromin partners with the City of Ventura in another way too--it transforms the city's green materials into premium soil products that are then used locally on landscapes and farmland.

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