City of Ventura Names 2013 Green School Award Winners


Green Schools

The Ventura City Council presented the seventh annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence to students at EP Foster and Will Rogers Elementary Schools during its public meeting on Monday, November 18, at 6 pm, at City Hall, 501 Poli Street, during the national celebration of America Recycles Day.

This year’s winners, students at EP Foster and Will Rogers Elementary Schools, created programs that increase recycling, build wildlife habitats, and reduce stormwater flows while identifying and reducing the impacts that their choices have on the environment.

“Over the years many public and private schools in Ventura have been doing great things to help our environment,” said Jill Sarick Santos, the Environmental Sustainability Division Specialist who coordinates the awards. “Every year since 2007 the City of Ventura has recognized and encouraged those school efforts through nominations and selection of competitive annual ‘Green School’ award winners in partnership with Agromin Premium Soil Products and EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc., which provide the annual $500 cash award.”

Students and staff at EP Foster Elementary School spearheaded efforts for the first full-scale recycling and food waste diversion program within Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), reducing the amount of trash bags thrown away daily from 44 to just 7. EP Foster custodian, cafeteria manager, students and faculty have set an example which all other schools in the District will eventually follow. In recognition of their efforts, the City will present them with the 2013 Green School Award.

Students at Will Rogers Elementary School have capped and abandoned one entire irrigation zone, removed the turf and have created a schoolyard habitat where teachers lead lessons on math, science, and reading. They removed 500 square feet of asphalt to build a bio-swale that reduces stormwater pollution. For this reason, Ventura Water presented them with the Green School 2013 Watershed Hero award.

For more info on the Green Schools Program visit or Jill Sarick Santos at 805.652.4501or

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Contact:  Jill Sarick Santos (805) 652-4501 and Lysa Urban (805) 677-3914

VIEW the Sustainable Ventura News Story about Will Rogers Elementary School’s bioswale:


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