Green Ribbon Schools program was implemented in 2007 to guide schools towards sustainable implementation of waste reduction and recycling programs and recognize schools for their accomplishments.  In fiscal year (FY) 2018/19, 17 schools in CVSan/Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) were eligible to participate.  We are pleased to announce 16 schools met the certification requirements and for the FY 2018/19 school year.  Read below for more information regarding the Green Ribbon application requirements and download a copy of the application.

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Shown above are Green Ribbon certified school representatives, CVSan Board Members and CVSan General Manager at the CVSan Board meeting held on June 4, 2019.

Some of the FY 2018/19 required activities through Green Ribbon include:

  • Implement a school-wide food scrap recycling program.
  • Food Scrap Recycling (Organics) containers in school kitchens and in all classrooms.
  • Divert over 75% of materials to recycling and/or organics.
  • Recycling containers at lunch time.
  • Establish a bag-a-bag recycling program.
  • Recycling containers, with signage, in all classrooms, offices, workrooms and copy rooms.
  • Complete a waste audit each year.
  • All 3rd Grade classes must attend CVSan’s 4Rs Field Trip.
  • Encourage double-sided printing and post signs to reduce waste.

Schools are also rewarded through Green Ribbon by tier, based on school size, amount of diversion, number of activities completed, and other criteria.  Schools are eligible for cash awards over $3,000 per school per school year. 

Click here to see which schools became certified Green Ribbon Schools in FY 2018/19. 

Almost every school in Castro Valley has now participated in the Green Ribbon program at one point and most continue to do so each year!

Other CVSan School Programs:

3rd Grade 4Rs Field Trip

Schools Food Scrap Recycling Program

School Waste Audit Program