Environmental Charter High School Nominated for Green Ribbon School Award

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March 23, 2012 ECHS in Lawndale is one of just four California schools nominated for the Inaugural Green Ribbon Awards, out of 49 applicants. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the honor at a press conference at the school earlier this week.

The federal government will determine which of the schools nominated will receive a green ribbon later this year. Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) is an award program that recognizes schools participating in activities that promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment. These activities must fall under the 4 Cornerstones of a Green Ribbon School (Eco-Campus, Health & Fitness, Nature Adventure, Natural Classrooms). By participating in these activities a school is providing a healthier, happier and smarter campus for students, teachers and the community.

The mission of Environmental Charter High School is to inspire students to discover their own sense of purpose, to equip all students with the knowledge and skills to graduate from college, and to empower them to become quality stewards of their community and world. ECHS has many interesting green features including a living stream running through the campus, garden, composting and recycling stations and even an outdoor theater constructed with re-used concrete obtained from local sources. Congrats to ECHS!