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Encinitas Union School District Lauded for Being Green

The state nominated the school district, which now competes for national recognition.

Encinitas Union School District has been nominated for a national award for being green. Patch file photo.
Encinitas Union School District has been nominated for a national award for being green. Patch file photo.

The Encinitas Union School District was nominated today to compete in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program.

The federal program honors energy efficiency, education on sustainability, and student health and wellness improvements.

Nominated by the state Department of Education along with the Encinitas district were Lowell and Twain Elementary Schools of Long Beach and San Domenico School of San Anselmo.

“I am proud to recognize these outstanding schools and district for their comprehensive efforts to green their campuses, their communities, and our state,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“Together with efficient facilities and good health practices, a strong eco-literacy education develops students into citizens who will be lifelong stewards of our environment.”

Torlakson said the Encinitas Union School District has reduced lunchtime waste by 85 percent by recycling and composting, has two large-scale organic farming efforts, takes part in farm-to-cafeteria programs and participates in National Wildlife Federation programs.

The district serves 5,400 K-6 grade students in nine elementary schools, all of which have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools.

National winners will be honored in July.

--City News Service

CardiffCreature February 07, 2014 at 08:16 AM
They don't have bus service. That impacts the quality of life of parents and people living close to the school. Bigfoot would be in awe of this district's indirect carbon footprint.
Marianne February 07, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Hi Cardiff Creature, a bus service would be so nice! You might be happy to know though how many of us walk and ride bikes to school- we have year-long efforts and incentives to do this. The kids and parents love it. SANDAG is also involved in efforts to make the roads and walkways more accessible. It's a focus goal for all of us.
CardiffCreature February 07, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Why isn't bus service a goal for all of us? What does it mean to be more accessible? How is that measured? How is Flora Vista going to become more accessible? How many more people will walk or ride after your current goals are met? 3%, 5%? What is the projected impact? Do people involved even know why people drive? Is it big oil brainwashing? Or, is it time management? Will the accessibility changes reduce the time it takes to get to school on foot? By how much? Can you give examples of how that will happen? Will motor vehicle transport still be utilized after these accessibility changes are implemented? If so, will you join me in the effort to bring buses back to the district????? If not, why not?

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