The health and wellness of our city is rooted in the sustainability of our built and natural environment. While we are all learning and trying to make environmentally conscious decisions about our lives, the next generation is left with a bit of a mess to clean up. Since our future citizens are so important to us, our Green Schools Program is a point of pride for the city.
The City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division offers free educational presentations to all local K-12 schools, pre-schools, environmental clubs, summer camps, colleges and after-school programs. We also offer free recycle bins and signage to all schools to help promote sustainability throughout the district. Free compost and vermiculite bins as well as rain barrels are available upon request!
Students are making connections between their everyday actions and the impact those choices have on the environment. As a part of a Ventura School District initiative, the City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division is working with schools to develop waste assessments which can be used both as a learning experience and a tool to reduces operating costs associated with waste management.
The City is working in partnership with EJ Harrison and Ventura Unified School District to reduce waste. The data collected during the waste assessments have enabled us to implement programs, such as classroom recycling and composting for lunch food waste, which are showing a significant reduction in landfill-bound waste.
Lunch Waste Reduction
In 2012, EJ Harrison, the City and VUSD partnered to implement a food waste composting and milk carton recycling program at EP Foster Elementary School. The custodian reported a reduction in trash from 44 bags daily to just 7. That's a significant savings! The food is composted at the Agromin test site on the east-end of the city limits. Milk Cartons and the milk represented close to 20% of the total volume of trash before the new program was established. By 2017, all 17 elementary schools were enrolled in the food waste collection and composting program.
Check out this fun video highlighting some of the aspects of our program.