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Sustainability

At PUSD, sustainability is a vital part of our mission and vision as an educational organization. We believe that our students will make a better world. Through the lens of sustainability, this means providing the resources and structures that prepare a world fit for our students to inherit, and empowering school communities to be better stewards of our environment. 
 
Sustainability is critical part of how PUSD operates, from the way we build, lead and educate our students. 
 
PUSD is fortunate to partner with the Go Green Initiative, a global environmental education program that was founded in our own community, to support our ongoing efforts toward environmental sustainability.

Sustainability Highlights and Focus Areas

Leading the Charge to Reduce Green Waste in Schools 

Through grants from the Altamont Education Advisory Board and the Go Green Initiative, the Pleasanton Unified School District set out on a mission to make a better world for future generations of children by reducing the amount of organic waste in landfills. In 2021, the Child Nutrition Services department was eager to get involved with their part of the mission. With the grant received from the Altamont EAB, CNS was able to hire an intern, Sydney Rogers-Lemke, to establish practices and procedures related to food waste in order to comply with California food laws AB 1826 and SB 1383. These laws address climate change by establishing specific targets to reduce the amount of food waste in landfills and to recover currently disposed edible food for donation. 

Since PUSD is one of the first schools to introduce a program of this nature, documenting each step in a way that could serve as a useful resource for other school districts was an important aspect of the project. This website describes all measures taken to implement a composting and recycling program in the CNS department during the 2021-2022 school year, with helpful guides and training documents embedded as well.

Schools earn Grants for Tracking Waste on Campus 

Our Green Teams are tackling greenhouse gas emissions by recycling, composting, and tracking waste on campus! This year, 10 schools have received grant funding from the Go Green Initiative for measuring the environmental impacts of their waste reduction and diversion programs. Way to go Alisal, Amador, Fairlands, Hart, Harvest Park, Hearst, Mohr, Valley View, Vintage Hills, and Walnut Grove!

Local Leaders of the 21st Century

The Local Leaders of the 21st Century is a program for high school students through the Go Green Initiative. Originally piloted at Amador Valley High School as a student organization, the program has inspired a second Local Leaders of the 21st Century club at Foothill High School (and in schools across the Country). The program is designed to help students understand how local public policy and industry work together to implement and maintain the following critical community systems: waste, water, energy and food.
 
The students of the Local Leaders and Go Green Initiative were instrumental in the creation of green/waste reduction policies and practices, as well as continue to present and consult with organizations and leaders in the broader community on sustainable practices and environmental issues. 

School Green Teams and Waste Audits

 
Each PUSD elementary, middle and high school has a 'Green Team' comprised of staff, students and parents to help lead sustainable and waste reduction practices. These teams worked in tandem with the Go Green Initiative and students in the Local Leaders of the 21st Century program to conduct waste audits and implement a three bin (recycle, compost and garbage) system to help reduce PUSD's landfill contribution and increase recycling and composting. Our continued gratitude to our students and PUSD's amazing Maintenance and custodial staff for their leadership and support in this process.  
 
At Mohr Elementary, a dedicated team of parents and students have incorporated their school garden into an outdoor classroom. 

Northern California Recycling Association Highlights Three PUSD Schools For Best Practices

 

Links & Resources

Go Green Initiative Website
The Amador Valley High School student parking lot received an eco-friendly upgrade in 2019 with a new solar structure. The solar structure allows our Amador community to reduce its carbon footprint, provide a long-term source of renewable energy while creating covered parking for our students.