Green Schools Leadership Award Winners Announced

Dec 03, 2010, 12:00 ET from Green California Schools Summit

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Green California Schools Summit announced its 2010 Leadership Award recipients today. The awards will be presented on December 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center, at ceremonies during the Summit.

The Green California Schools Summit, now in its fourth year, is the state's major conference and trade show focused on building, running and teaching in high performance schools.

The Summit Advisory Board is chaired by California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and Acting State Architect Howard "Chip" Smith, Jr. The Premier Sponsor is American Modular Systems, creator of the Gen7 green classroom.

The Leadership Awards honor individuals, school districts and industry representatives for outstanding accomplishment in school sustainability.

Alan Haskvitz, a teacher at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, California, will receive a Leadership Award in the category of "Teacher." For the past 30 years, his "Make a Difference" Program has encouraged students to take environmental lessons from the classroom into the community.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District will receive the "Green Building" Award for its steadfast dedication to implementing green building standards. Although it is considered a "hardship district," the district has managed to undertake 53 modernization and 14 new school projects in recent years.

Landscape architecture can provide outdoor learning spaces that connect a school and everyone in it to the natural world.  The "Industry" Award will go to Campbell & Campbell Landscape Architects for its role in creating such environments.

Deborah Moore, founder of the Green Schools Initiative, receives the "Pioneer" Award for the significant inroads she has made in promoting green culture within schools, based on the notion that a truly green school is one that considers its building, its operations and its curriculum.

A school district is a community within a community, and when a district embraces sustainability, it becomes a model to be emulated. The Manteca Unified School District will receive the "District" Award for its far-reaching sustainability programs and projects.  

When a school district can save almost $900,000 on its energy bills without a capital outlay, it is able to make a significant contribution to its general fund. The Murrieta Valley Unified School District is being honored for doing just that, and much more.

For more information about the awards, or to register for the Summit, go to or call 626-577-5700.

CONTACT: Racquel Palmese, 626-577-5700 ext 242

SOURCE Green California Schools Summit