• 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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