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Zero-emission school buses to reduce costs and clean up the air

The Electric Vehicle (EV) School Bus project is an ambitious, innovative project currently underway in California. It is the largest EV school bus demonstration in the nation that to deploys Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The school buses are currently being repowered in Poway, CA by Transpower, USA and will be deployed in Torrance, Kings Canyon and

Take Advantage of Local Environmental Education Programs

Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.

There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.

The HEAL Project

Since 2006, the HEAL Project has been educating over 3,200 students within San Mateo County on the importance of good health, a sustainable environment, locally grown agriculture as well as key learning fundamentals. Their long-term goal is to be able to deliver a garden-based education to all children within the district. They follow within a

Support Your Local School’s Anti-Junk Food Policies and Healthier Kids

Bottom Line: All California public schools have a ban on junk food, but parents can do their part to ensure the ban is working.

Junk Food in Schools

On July 1, 2008, California banned all public schools from selling junk food under the Food Nutrition Standards Bill. The purpose of this bill was to reduce the rate of childhood obesity. As a result, food manufacturers have tried to change their snacks to meet the standards in the bill.

Hands-on Learning: Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program

Bottom Line: Hidden Villa welcomes school groups to explore its farm and wilderness lands while learning about ecology, organic farming, and stewardship.

Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program
Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) was founded in 1970 as a hands-on environmental educational experience for young, school-aged children. The program “teaches concepts of ecology, organic food production and environmental education” by providing a direct and guided experience of Hidden Villa’s farm and wilderness land.

Help Children Develop a Healthy Lifestyle Through HEAL

Bottom Line: The HEAL Project offers an award-winning program that instills healthy lifestyle habits in elementary school children while inspiring environmental and agricultural awareness through a comprehensive, interactive curriculum.

TheHEALProject-image2The HEAL Project began in 2005 at Hatch Elementary School with a grant from Kaiser Permanente. The program has been very successful and well received by students, teachers, parents, school & district administrators and community members alike.

HEAL stands for:
Health – Empowering children with the knowledge and experience to make healthy choices about food & fitness.
Environment – Understanding cycles, ecosystems and how people effect and are effected by those systems, encouraging personal responsibility and stewardship.