Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award & Environmental Leadership Award Winners !

Congratulations to Juanamaria Elementary School, the 2016-2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner and to ATLAS Elementary School the 2016 – 2017 Environmental Leadership Award Winner!

These prestigious GREEN SCHOOL AWARDS (which honor schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts) will be presented on Monday, April 17th in front of City Council in honor of Earth Day!

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Have you entered your school for a Green School or Watershed Hero Award? Do so by March 31!

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In honor of Earth Day, The City of Ventura recognizes two schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts.  Environment Sustainability Division has partnered with Agromin Premium Soil Products to present Environmental Leadership Award. Ventura Water presents the Watershed Hero Award. To apply for this year’s Green School Awards, please complete the online application or written application by March 31, 2017. Winners will receive $500 and be recognized in front of the City Council! All public and private schools within the Ventura City limits are encouraged to apply. Find out more and ENTER, click here.

2014 Green School and Watershed Hero Award Winners

In celebration of America Recycles Day, and in an ongoing effort to support local environmental efforts, on Monday, December 15, 2015, at the start of the City Council meeting, Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann presented the 2014 Green School Award to Lincoln Elementary School, and the 2014 Watershed Hero Award to Loma Vista Elementary School on behalf of the City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division, Ventura Water, E.J. Harrison & Sons and Agromin Premium Soil Products.

For the past eight years, the Green School Award has been presented to a deserving Ventura school that has demonstrated exemplary efforts in helping to preserve the sustainability of our environment. This year, Lincoln Elementary School was chosen for their active recycling efforts, which include a thriving CRV/Beverage Recycling Collection program that raises funds for their school, and for their Food Waste Composting and Recycling Program that helps to keep waste and trash out of the landfill. Other eco-friendly programs at Lincoln include a garden food-producing program providing produce for the students to take home and continuing student /faculty environmental education efforts.

For the second year in a row, The Watershed Hero Award was presented to Loma Vista Elementary for converting their school front entryway into a water wise Ocean Friendly Garden complete with a roof rainwater capture system, bioswales and drought tolerant plants.

“Both Lincoln Elementary and Loma Vista Elementary show commitment to our city, community and school district by continuing to preserve and enhance Ventura’s beautiful and natural environment,” said Mayor Heitmann. “We’re extremely grateful to our award sponsors, E.J. Harrison & Sons and Agromin Premium Soil Products as well as Ventura Water for supplying the schools with cash prizes and the beautifully crafted glass awards.”


City of Ventura Names 2013 Green School Award Winners


The Ventura City Council presented the seventh annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence to students at EP Foster and Will Rogers Elementary Schools during its public meeting on Monday, November 18, at 6 pm, at City Hall, 501 Poli Street, during the national celebration of America Recycles Day.

This year’s winners, students at EP Foster and Will Rogers Elementary Schools, created programs that increase recycling, build wildlife habitats, and reduce stormwater flows while identifying and reducing the impacts that their choices have on the environment.

“Over the years many public and private schools in Ventura have been doing great things to help our environment,” said Jill Sarick Santos, the Environmental Sustainability Division Specialist who coordinates the awards. “Every year since 2007 the City of Ventura has recognized and encouraged those school efforts through nominations and selection of competitive annual ‘Green School’ award winners in partnership with Agromin Premium Soil Products and EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc., which provide the annual $500 cash award.”

Students and staff at EP Foster Elementary School spearheaded efforts for the first full-scale recycling and food waste diversion program within Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), reducing the amount of trash bags thrown away daily from 44 to just 7. EP Foster custodian, cafeteria manager, students and faculty have set an example which all other schools in the District will eventually follow. In recognition of their efforts, the City will present them with the 2013 Green School Award.

Students at Will Rogers Elementary School have capped and abandoned one entire irrigation zone, removed the turf and have created a schoolyard habitat where teachers lead lessons on math, science, and reading. They removed 500 square feet of asphalt to build a bio-swale that reduces stormwater pollution. For this reason, Ventura Water presented them with the Green School 2013 Watershed Hero award.

For more info on the Green Schools Program visit or Jill Sarick Santos at 805.652.4501or

This release is available on the City of Ventura website at

Contact:  Jill Sarick Santos, (805) 652-4501 and Lysa Urban (805) 677-3914

VIEW the Sustainable Ventura News Story about Will Rogers Elementary School’s bioswale.