Twenty-four schools recently earned awards of $500 to $3,000 from the Long Beach Unified School District to be used for green projects focused on environmental stewardship.
Bronze awards provide $500 for custodial green projects and $1,000 for green projects. Silver awards provide $750 for custodial green projects and $2,000 for green projects. Gold awards provide $750 for custodial green projects and $3,000 for green projects.
Gold awards went to Franklin, Gant, Hughes, Keller, Rogers, Muir and Whittier schools. Silver awards went to Cabrillo, Garfield, Kettering, Prisk, Stevenson and Tincher. Bronze awards went to Browning, Harte, Henry, Jefferson, Lindbergh, Newcomb, Powell, Renaissance, Robinson, Stanford and Stephens.
Schools submitted applications for the first ever Think Green Waste Reduction Stewardship Awards, which aim to help schools and their Green Teams to expand their green efforts. In recent years, local schools have reduced hundreds of tons of waste. Students have learned to pack trash-free lunches, sort materials for recycling and advocate for environmentally friendly practices.