Santa Barbara High School was recently honored by the California Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School, earning a Silver Award for the campus’s progress toward reducing its carbon footprint.
This year, only 25 awards were given statewide to individual schools or school districts. This is the second time Santa Barbara High School has earned the Green Ribbon recognition; the first was in 2016.
“Receiving the Green Ribbon award from the California Department of Education is a wonderful honor,” said Santa Barbara High School Principal Elise Simmons. “This award is the result of a true collaborative effort between staff, students, and parents. In particular, I am appreciative of the work of Jose Caballero, Lulu Dunaway, Heidi Winston, and Alison Jordan. This award also really signifies SBHS’s priorities — reducing our footprint and improving the health and wellness of our students and staff.”
The award is given to schools and districts that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy and is part of the larger U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon program.
“As a parent and alum, it is fantastic to witness the SBHS leadership and commitment to Green Ribbon goals,” said Heidi Jensen Winston, who helped write a grant to support the campus’ sustainability efforts. “The student green-cubator projects at the Green Lab, the Administration’s focus on social and emotional learning and the District’s embrace of climate change as a social justice issue truly enhance wellness and sustainability for our whole community.”
Schools chosen for the important Green School award are able to show demonstrated progress towards reaching goals around each of these environmental pillars:
- Reduce environmental impact and costs
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
- Provide effective environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways
“Congratulations to this year’s honorees,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “California Green Ribbon Schools expertly use local approaches to tackle global issues such as sustainability and environmental literacy. Students are not only learning and practicing environmental stewardship, but also sharing those sustainable practices with their families and in their communities.”
Details on California’s ED-GRS honorees and a list of the California Green Ribbon Schools honorees are below. For more information, please visit California Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award Program web page.