Federal and state officials visited Longfellow Elementary School and Hughes Middle School this week to highlight the schools’ exemplary environmental education and sustainability practices.
The visit was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Education Built to Last” tour of schools in California, Washington and Oregon. The tour features schools that exhibit best practices in school building and grounds design, construction, operations and management to support health, equity, educational outcomes, energy efficiency and cost savings.
The tour was announced in June at the national Green Ribbon Schools Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Hughes won a National Green Ribbon Award from the federal Education Department this year, and Longfellow won the same award in 2012, which was the inaugural year of the national recognition program to honor schools’ efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and provide effective environmental education.
“I’m thrilled to see these outstanding schools showcased as part of the national tour,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “The students, teachers, parents and communities have made countless efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of their campuses, increase school health and boost academic achievement.”