RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Four Riverside County schools were among 25 state schools recognized today by the California Department of Education for being “green achievers” by addressing climate challenges with local solutions.

The Riverside County honorees for 2020 are Margarita Middle School in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, Mountain View Alternative School in the San Jacinto Valley Unified School District, Susan La Vorgna Elementary School in Temecula Valley Unified, and Ysabel Barnett Elementary School in Temecula Valley Unified.

The Temecula district itself was lauded for efforts to achieve environmental excellence, according to state officials.

“Congratulations to this year’s honorees,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. “California Green Ribbon Schools expertly use local approaches to tackle global issues, such as sustainability and environmental literacy. Students are not only learning and practicing environmental stewardship, but also sharing those sustainable practices with their families and in their communities.”

The Earth Day recognition is part of a wider initiative by the U.S. Department of Education seeking to applaud green achievers for promoting conservation and resource management.

More information is available at www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/greenribbonprog.asp.