The City of Ventura Honors Two Local Schools for Environmental Sustainability

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Congratulations ATLAS Elementary School the 2016 – 2017 Environmental Leadership Award Winner and Juanamaria Elementary School, the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner!

On Monday, April 17, 2017, in front of City Council and in honor of Earth Day both schools received their prestigious awards recognizing extemporary schools for their eco-friendly practices fostering our community’s sustainability.

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Environmental Leadership Award: ATLAS Elementary School

Students and staff at ATLAS Elementary School have demonstrated excellence in sustainability through their recycling, electronic waste, and battery collection programs. Starting at a young age, students at ATLAS Elementary School are taught to be good stewards of the environment. In their Makerspace classroom, students engineer their own designs out of recyclable materials. In recognition of their efforts, the Environmental Sustainability Division, in partnership with EJ Harrison presented them with the 2016-2017 Environmental Leadership Award.

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Watershed Hero Award: Juanamaria Elementary School

Juanamaria Elementary School has made extraordinary efforts to conserve water by converting turfed areas into sustainable landscapes. Students of all ages were involved in mulching and planting of the school’s new Science Garden. In an upcoming project, Juanamaria Elementary School partnered with Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Garden group to design a water wise reading garden for students and teachers to enjoy nature. In recognition of their efforts, Ventura Water presented them with the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award.

Contact: Brandon Kaysen, bkaysen@cityofventura.net & Haili Matsukawa, hmatsukawa@venturawater.net

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