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Four California schools nominated for federal 'green' award

March 23, 2012 | 12:16 pm

An environmentally themed charter high school in Lawndale, elementary schools in Long  Beach and Manhattan Beach and a private school in Danville are California’s four finalists for the first-ever federal Green Ribbon Schools award.

The award recognizes, among other things, schools that save energy, have environmentally sustainable facilities and offer environmental education. It is something of an environmentally friendly version of the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Blue Ribbon School award, which recognizes high-achieving schools.

State education officials selected the nominated school from 49 applicants.

The Lawndale charter school, Environmental Charter School, was started in 2001 in a small church but now operates on the campus of a former elementary school, officials said.

“We maintain a green campus, foster healthy lifestyles and sustainable solutions and use our local environment as a context for learning,” said Principal Jenni Taylor in a statement.

Longfellow Elementary school in Long Beach, Grand View Elementary in Manhattan Beach and The Athenian School, a private school in Danville in Contra Costa County, also were nominated.

Department of Education officials will select about 100 winners this year from across the country. They will be announced April 23.


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