I am thrilled to share that the Nueva School has been named a California Green Ribbon School in recognition of our exemplary practices and achievements in three areas: resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. This means that Nueva is being recognized throughout the state as a leader and innovator in environmental stewardship and education. Whereas the school received a similar award last year, we are particularly proud of reaching the even higher ‘Green Achiever’ level this year, an honor that recognizes Nueva as a National Green Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. Only one private school per state is accorded this honor each year! The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced the state award and the U.S. Department of Education announced the federal award today, Earth Day (April 22). Please click here to read the press release.
This significant achievement is a reflection of Nueva’s genuine embrace of and commitment to environmental citizenship. In addition to all the students, families, faculty, and staff who worked so hard to elevate Nueva to this level of recognition so quickly, I want to particularly thank Tanja Srebotnjak (former Director of Environmental Citizenship), Aron Walker (Assistant Director of Environmental Citizenship), and Sarah Koning (current Director of Environmental Citizenship). Their leadership in this critically important area is appreciated by all in our community.
Sarah shared, “This is an incredible honor for Nueva and speaks to the passion and commitment of the entire community. I hope to build off this enthusiasm to continue the growth of the environmental citizenship program and to provide a sense of optimism and resiliency to Nueva students in the face of climate change.”