National Recognition for Leadership in Sustainability

Posted On: 5/29/2018 12:25 PM

Two smiling adults stand by a school banner hanging on a fence in front of the school buildingMaple Village Waldorf School, located in Long Beach, CA, has officially been named a 2018 U.S. Dept of Education Green Ribbon School. MVWS is very proud to be one of six private schools in the nation to receive this prestigious award. This award was announced on Wednesday, May 16, and the ceremony will be held in Washington D.C. in September.

“From our toddlers all the way to our 8th grade classrooms, we are committed to eliminating single-use items in favor of reusable ones, purchasing in bulk, composting food waste and using natural products,” said Lisa Jordan McCarthy, Dean of Education.

“Maple Village has a great philosophy of having little to zero waste and farm-to-table education for their students, and I am proud that they have been selected as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education” says Mayor Robert Garcia. “As a city that strives to be a leader in sustainability, we are happy to see our schools getting such recognition."

"It is very exciting to be California’s one private school nominee and to be recognized for something we are very passionate about - reduction of waste, healthy living, and STEM education immersed with environmental literacy. We are a small school making a large impact on the Long Beach community, and we are happy to be a model of sustainability for other schools," said Dan Steinbacher, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator. "We've gotten great support from people all over, but we wanted to specifically thank our Waldorf/AWSNA family for everything you do for not just us but everyone-- this is a big win for Waldorf schools everywhere!"

Photo credit: Maple Village Waldorf School 



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