“Sustainable Ventura’s” February 2013 show talks with the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award winners — E.J. Harrison & Sons and Red Brick Pizza Café. The show also visits with the 2012 Green School Award Winner Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education.
This segment features interviews with the 2012 Green School Award Winner, Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education.
The Green School Award, sponsored by the City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division in partnership with Agromin Premium Soil Products, recognizes a school that is demonstrating exemplary efforts to help the environment. The 2012 Green School Award was presented to Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education at City Council on Monday, November 5, 2012 in recognition of America Recycles Day, November 15.
“In visiting schools with our Environmental Education programs, we have noticed a number of schools doing many things to reduce waste, increase recycling, composting in their gardens and having a smaller footprint on our earth,” said Christine Wied, Environmental Specialist for the City of Ventura who oversees the award process. “We want to reward and celebrate their efforts and encourage other schools to follow their example and Ventura Charter has been a prime example of this by what they do everyday.”
At the school, students, staff and custodian all work together to insure materials end up in the proper containers. Recycling is only the beginning of their efforts. The school works with the parents and students on nutritious but low waste lunches providing resources for “green” lunch boxes and bags. When they have events on campus, the policy is to incorporate “zero” waste and recycling into the plans. For example if food is served at school events, parents bring their own tableware to eliminate disposables. For the “Earth Day Ecofest,” that the school sponsors, the planners work with vendors to have a minimal waste plan. This April event provides vendors and educational outreach opportunities that help the community learn more about sustainability and stewardship of our earth. Another major fundraiser for the school is the annual “Trash-a-thon,” where instead of selling “stuff,” students get pledges to clean up litter hot spots in the community.
The school also takes advantage of the environmental education programs provided by the city. Recently the fifth and sixth graders did a waste assessment at the school sorting and categorizing their trash. A Green Club meets monthly to help find more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at the school.
Agromin Premium Soil Products, who processes the residential and commercial green waste from the City of Ventura into compost to replenish our local soil, has been a valuable partner by providing a financial prize for the award.
“Sustainable Ventura,” hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, showcases environmental and sustainable practices, programs, events, issues and happenings taking place and/or offered by the City of Ventura.
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Attention Teachers! FREE Environmental Education Presentations
Environmentally themed interactive lessons combining science, math, language arts and lots of fun are available through the City of Ventura, Environmental Sustainability Office. See the flyer for more information or to schedule call Jill Sarick at (805) 652-4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.