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Four California schools recognized for going 'green'

April 23, 2012 |  3:43 pm

Four California schools were recognized Monday by the U.S. Department of Education for their efforts in creating a “green” environment on their campuses.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the first-ever list of 78 schools, now recognized as “Green Ribbon Schools,” during a visit to an elementary school in Washington, D.C.

Among the schools listed were Longfellow Elementary School in Long Beach, Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach and The Athenian School in Danville in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The schools were recognized for creating “green environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy,” according to a news release.

"Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," Duncan said in a statement.

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