The South Lake Tahoe Unified School District is getting a little greener.
Earlier this week, the board unanimously adopted a resolution supporting expanded energy efficiency programs and sustainability improvements, according to a press release. The resolution also supports green building practices, greater biking, walking and transit options for students, school lunches with more locally sourced and organic foods, additional school gardens and landscaping practices that minimize water and chemical use.
“It is great to see the school district take a strong position in support of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy,” Rebecca Bryson, co-founder of Small World, a Tahoe-based parent advocacy organization, said in the press release. “The district’s leadership and direction will improve the environment for our students and community, and help prepare our students to land successful jobs in these fields in the future.”
The resolution comes less than six months after South Lake Tahoe became the 26th city in the U.S. to commit to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. That resolution was unanimously adopted by City Council back in April.
“Given the impact that climate change is already having on Lake Tahoe, it’s critical that we transition quickly to a 100 percent clean energy economy, and give our kids the education and tools they need to be part of the solution,” John Friedrich, spokesperson for Climate Parents and a Tahoe resident, said in the release. “The Lake Tahoe school district board just took an important step in this direction by pledging to expand energy efficiency programs and increase reliance on renewable energy, in line with the city of South Lake Tahoe’s commitment to 100 percent renewable energy. We’re grateful for the leadership of the school district in doing the right thing for Tahoe kids and our environment.”
Lake Tahoe Unified School District Adopts ‘Green’ Resolution, by Staff, Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 17, 2017.