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Los Altos High wins federal Green Ribbon School award for conservation, promoting the environment

Los Altos High School has received the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition for its school's efforts to conserve resources and promote environmental literacy, federal education officials announced last week. Courtesy Los Altos High School

Los Altos High School is one of two Bay Area schools -- among five statewide and 27 around the country -- to receive U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition for their efforts to conserve resources and promote environmental literacy, federal education officials announced April 22.

Los Altos High School in Santa Clara County and the Nueva School, a private school with two campuses in San Mateo County, joined three Southern California schools as the state's honorees.

The Los Altos High Green Team environmental club's efforts in the community were highlighted as a reason to honor that school, as well as its on-site solar panels handling more than half of the campus' electricity needs and electric vehicle charging stations being offered to teachers and staff at no cost.

“Los Altos High School has long been a leader in environmental initiatives, focusing on all areas of our school operations from purchasing to energy conservation to recycling to the generation of clean, green energy,” said Principal Wynne Satterwhite, in a statement released by the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.

“The role of students in these efforts has been significant,” she said. “Our Green Team students are passionate, well-organized, and have worked effectively and collaboratively with parents, teachers, and administrators to advance the priorities of our Go Green Sustainability Committee (GGSC).

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Audrey Chang, the Green Team co-president, said the goal of applying for the award was not just to document the school's achievements, but as an opportunity to identify areas for improvement.

The Los Altos High Green Team environmental club's efforts in the community were highlighted as a reason the school was recognized with the Green Ribbon Schools award, along with improvements that make the campus more energy efficient. Courtesy Los Altos High School

“We are proud to have school environments which not only protect the well-being of our community but also are efficient and help us serve as effective caretakers of natural resources,” said Superintendent Nellie Meyer.

For the Nueva School, which has a campus in Hillsborough for lower and middle school levels and one in San Mateo for upper levels, its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified Hillside Learning Center at the Hillsborough site and the entire San Mateo campus being LEED Gold-certified were cited as points in its favor along with programs to teach students environmental literacy.

"This significant achievement is a reflection of Nueva's genuine embrace of and commitment to environmental citizenship," Nueva's head of school Lee Fertig said in a letter on the school's website that also thanked "all the students, families, faculty, and staff who worked so hard to elevate Nueva to this level of recognition."

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Los Altos High wins federal Green Ribbon School award for conservation, promoting the environment

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Los Altos High School is one of two Bay Area schools -- among five statewide and 27 around the country -- to receive U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition for their efforts to conserve resources and promote environmental literacy, federal education officials announced April 22.

Los Altos High School in Santa Clara County and the Nueva School, a private school with two campuses in San Mateo County, joined three Southern California schools as the state's honorees.

The Los Altos High Green Team environmental club's efforts in the community were highlighted as a reason to honor that school, as well as its on-site solar panels handling more than half of the campus' electricity needs and electric vehicle charging stations being offered to teachers and staff at no cost.

“Los Altos High School has long been a leader in environmental initiatives, focusing on all areas of our school operations from purchasing to energy conservation to recycling to the generation of clean, green energy,” said Principal Wynne Satterwhite, in a statement released by the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.

“The role of students in these efforts has been significant,” she said. “Our Green Team students are passionate, well-organized, and have worked effectively and collaboratively with parents, teachers, and administrators to advance the priorities of our Go Green Sustainability Committee (GGSC).

Audrey Chang, the Green Team co-president, said the goal of applying for the award was not just to document the school's achievements, but as an opportunity to identify areas for improvement.

“We are proud to have school environments which not only protect the well-being of our community but also are efficient and help us serve as effective caretakers of natural resources,” said Superintendent Nellie Meyer.

For the Nueva School, which has a campus in Hillsborough for lower and middle school levels and one in San Mateo for upper levels, its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified Hillside Learning Center at the Hillsborough site and the entire San Mateo campus being LEED Gold-certified were cited as points in its favor along with programs to teach students environmental literacy.

"This significant achievement is a reflection of Nueva's genuine embrace of and commitment to environmental citizenship," Nueva's head of school Lee Fertig said in a letter on the school's website that also thanked "all the students, families, faculty, and staff who worked so hard to elevate Nueva to this level of recognition."

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Laura Blakely
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Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2021 at 2:51 pm
Laura Blakely, Old Mountain View
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on Apr 28, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Kudos to the Los Altos High Green Team and school community! Being selected for this award is quite an impressive accomplishment.


Steven Nelson
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Cuesta Park
on Apr 29, 2021 at 4:08 pm
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
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on Apr 29, 2021 at 4:08 pm

Trustee Blakey of MVWSD. Public Policy of the past Boards and Administration (Superintendent Barry Groves) of the MVLA High School District delivered very early in their last facilities bonds on 'the promise' of solar electric equipment. Hence - that public direction 'seemed to be taken seriously' by the students. Now - Los Altos SD is also taking that type of facilities investment 'seriously' (where the BOND MONEY is actually spent).

MVWSD Board majority policy did not support solar electric facilities. So, none were built in the last 10 years in MVWSD. Small wonder. But now - it looks like MVWSD is in-the-planning-stage. And maybe - students in MVWSD will start to get 'inspired by the example of their elders'.


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