Completing and submitting the Green Ribbon Schools application was a major project of my Climate Corps fellowship and a long-term goal of the district. The application had been in progress for a few years, so I inherited a strong draft that former Fellows put together. From there, I spent much of the fall compiling missing data and information, revising responses, and updating the application to reflect SRCS’ most recent sustainability initiatives and projects.
Over the past several years, SRCS has made considerable progress in sustainability that helped the district land a Green Ribbon Schools award. In the past year, the Capital Facilities program has installed 118 electric vehicle charging ports (32 ports at the High School District), began construction on a new STEAM building, and helped launch the Resilient Schools Collaborative to create a clearer path to resilience for local school districts.
Rendering of San Rafael High School’s future STEAM Building which will be Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) certified
Image from HY Architects
SRCS has also grown as a sustainability leader through its partnership with SEI, which was born out of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL), one of SEI’s flagship programs which operates out of Terra Linda High School. MarinSEL has played a significant role in the district’s achievement of goals outlined in Green Ribbon Schools’ Pillar III, centered around providing students with effective environmental education. MarinSEL students take part in hands-on projects that help foster a more sustainable campus and community.
Students in the MarinSEL garden at Terra Linda High School
With a commitment to sustainability from the district and support from Climate Corps Fellows, SRCS continues to pursue and achieve the goals set by Green Ribbon Schools’ pillars. Beyond my fellowship and in years to come, it will be exciting to see how SRCS continues to build more sustainable campuses and expand hands-on environmental learning.
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