Balboa Middle School Receives 2011 Green School Award for Recycling Skills and Horticulture

For the past five years,  local Ventura School’s have been honored with the GREEN SCHOOL AWARD for their exceptional efforts in proteting and preserving the environment.  This year, Balboa Middle School was named the 2011 recipient for their Recycling skills and horticulture.

The award was presented during a November 14 City Council Meeting in honor of America Recycles Day, November 15.  Balboa’s principal, Teri Gern, along with teachers Steve Roth and Jose Duenas, and several of the Balboa students, were on hand to receive the honor presented by Ventura’s Mayor Bill Fulton and Agromin Chief Executive Officer, Bill Camarillo.

Special “Environmental Hero” recognition certificates were also presented to Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and to Buena High School for Environmental Leadership.   Juananmaria Elementray received an  Eco-Hero certificate.  Please note the photos and release below.

Watch the “Sustainable Ventura” TV show on THE GREEN SCHOOL AWARDS in December 2011 on CAPS-TV’s VTV, Channel 15, Thurdays, 8:30pm.  Check for rebroadcast dates and times!

Balboa Middle School WINNERS of the GREEN SCHOOL AWARD 2011, From Left to Right: Balboa Students: Aiyana Alvarado, Crystina Ahumada, Destiny Schwab, Karissa Baucom, Teri Gern (Balboa Principal), Christine Wied, Mayor Fulton, Steve Roth (Balboa Teacher) and Jose Duenas (Balboa Teacher).

Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education Receives "Environmental Hero" certificate

Buena High School receives "Environmental Leadership" Certificate

Juananmaria Elementary receives "Eco-Hero" Certificate


For Immediate Release
November 10, 2011
Contact: Christine Wied, 805-652-4584
Kelly Flanders, 805-677-3993

Balboa Middle School to Receive 2011 Green School Award for Recycling Skills and Horticulture, November 14

Students at Balboa Middle School are using critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to recycle and recognize the impacts their choices have on the environment.  For their outstanding efforts to help our planet, Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton and Agromin Premium Soil Products Chief Executive Officer Bill Camarillo will present them with the fifth annual Green School Award during the City Council meeting on November 14, 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 501 Poli Street in celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15.

Through hands-on activities, students not only help in the collection of recyclable materials but they also sort, weigh and keep records of the types of materials and measure the impact they have on our planet. “Balboa Middle School has integrated math and other skills into the process,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Christine Wied.

In addition to the recycling program, teacher Steve Roth works with 7th and 8th grade students in an environmental horticulture class. The students learn what it takes to plant and maintain an organic garden.  A portion of the food grown in the garden is donated to FOOD Share to provide healthy vegetables for those in need. The students also planted a native plant garden at Balboa Middle School and learned the importance of xeriscaping to save water resources.

Special “Environmental Hero” recognition certificates will be presented to Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education for their environmental community action at the Earth Day Eco-Fest and Trash-a-thon fundraiser and to Buena High School for Environmental Leadership in recycling and other community environmental programs. Juananmaria Elementary will receive the Eco-Hero certificate for developing a culture of environmental awareness in their daily activities.

Representatives from the City’s Environmental Sustainability Division and Agromin selected Balboa Middle School to receive the Green School Award based on an application submitted by the school.  It is the City’s hope that the award recipients go forth to make a positive impact on our planet individually and in our community.

For more information, please contact Christine Wied, Environmental Specialist at 805-652-4584 or

This release is available on the city’s website CLICK HERE!


Lysa Urban
Civic Engagement
501 Poli Street, Room 226
Ventura, CA  93002


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