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U.S. Secretary of Education Names Eagle Rock Elementary School a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (5-22-2019)

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U.S. Sec. of Education Names Eagle Rock Elementary School
A 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2019) -- The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center in Los Angeles Unified is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. 

“Congratulations to our Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center school community,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “Every student deserves a sustainable and green environment to help them learn and grow.”

“I am so proud of the students, teachers, school staff and families for their wondrous achievements,” Board Member Jackie Goldberg said. “Neighborhood schools excel in so many ways, and I am overjoyed that Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center is being nationally recognized.”

“Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center is leading the way,” Board President Mónica García said. “Congratulations on this special recognition and for being a role model for Los Angeles Unified and others! Here’s to greenifying more and more schools to save our earth.”

“Kudos to Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center School,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “Your stellar accomplishments in creating a healthy and sustainable learning environment is a tribute to the vitality of your school community. All members of the Los Angeles Unified family are proud of this well-deserved recognition.”

“We are proud of the environmental sustainability programs we have at Los Angeles Unified, including the exemplary program at Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center,” Board Member Kelly Gonez said. “I hope that this administration will take the necessary steps to tackle climate change so that our children can continue to live and play in a healthy environment.”

“The Eagle Rock community is thrilled and honored to learn this news,” Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center Principal Stephanie Leach said. “Our commitment to, and persistence toward a greener school, has contributed to a learning environment that is both healthier and more engaging for our students, families, and entire school community."

Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center was recognized for a renovation project that began in 2016, removing 23,789 square feet of asphalt that was replaced with a permeable surface and drought-tolerant trees and plants. The school also features garden programs, outdoor classrooms, a butterfly “way-station” and other environmental-learning opportunities.

“Congratulations to Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center for setting the example for the world to follow, demonstrating how greener schools lead to higher performing students and teachers,” Chief Facilities Executive Mark Hovatter said.

“We are so proud of Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center—our Green Achievers,” Chief Academic Officer Dr. Frances Gipson said. “Their work demonstrates what can be accomplished when learners and leaders come together to create sustainable and collective change for our environment. They are true models for other schools in Los Angeles Unified and across the nation.”

“Congratulations to Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center for receiving the distinguished Green Ribbon School Award by the U.S. Department of Education,” Director of Architectural and Engineering Services Christos Chrysiliou said. “Our educators and students are exhibits and stewards of sustainable learning environments that promise a healthier tomorrow.”

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 districts, and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.  

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