School district receives award for being green

The school district is one of seven organizations receiving a Green California Schools Leadership Award next week for its efforts to green its campuses.

 Barbara Crane, a writer for the nonprofit’s Web site recently highlighted the school district. She wrote:

 “To reduce the use of harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases, the district initiated an integrated pest management (IPM) program in the 1990s and incorporated clean diesel mandates into school bus contracts several years ago. Early in this decade, the district rolled out a $50 million building retrofit program that included the installation of energy management systems and fluorescent lighting.”

 She also commended The City for hiring Nikolai Kaestner to write an environmental master plan for the district.

 Kaestner, who’s been working in the district for barely a year, put up a Web site on the district’s site for teachers and administrators to use as a reference for being green.

 “It’s really nice to get that after a year of work,’’ he said.

A representative for Kaestner will accept the award at the Green California Schools Summit and Exposition conference in Pasadena at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10. 

Recipients statewide were picked based on innovation, problem solving, relation to specific goals of state laws, executive orders or mandates, measurable results and demonstrated benefits to human beings or the environment.

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