California Green Ribbon Award Reflects SMCOE’s Commitment to Environmental Literacy

California Green Ribbon Award Reflects SMCOE’s Commitment to Environmental Literacy

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.–The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) has won a California Green Ribbon Award for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. The California Department of Education (CDE) will present the award at a ceremony on May 3rd.

The CDE recognizes four levels of Green Ribbon schools: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Green Achievers. SMCOE received the Bronze or “Entry Level” award for its efforts. Highlights of SMCOE’s environmental efforts include: 85 percent of electrical energy sourcing is carbon free, an emphasis on eco-friendly cleaning practices, support of 13 school districts’ participation in Safe Routes to School, access to outdoor learning in SMCOE-sponsored schools, and integration of environmental literacy in STEAM Center professional learning. The San Carlos School District was awarded the Gold or “Full Integration” Award and is recognized across the county as a leader in environmental education and sustainable practices. Woodside Priory, another recognized green school leader in San Mateo County, also received the Gold Level Award this year, as well as in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Woodside Elementary School District was a Bronze Level winner in 2016.

The award corresponds with the launch this year of SMCOE’s Environmental Literacy Initiative, which includes the One Planet Schools Challenge, the Schools for a Sustainable Future Conference, a Professional Learning Series, and the Environmental Sustainability Partnership Program. The One Planet Schools Challenge offers schools and districts an easy first-step and pathway toward becoming a Green Ribbon school, while the Partnership Program helps school boards commit to green practices and programs.

“We are honored to receive the Green Ribbon Bronze Level Award this year and will work hard to achieve at the Gold and Green Achiever levels,” explained Superintendent Anne E. Campbell. “We have made environmental literacy a priority and look forward to working alongside schools and districts in the county to not only improve facilities and practices, but to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to create an environmentally sustainable world,” Superintendent Campbell continued.

For more information on SMCOE’s Environmental Literacy Program, contact Andra Yeghoian at ayeghoian@smcoe.org or 650-802-5406.

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The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring excellence and equity in education by inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders and involving communities.

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