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April 27, 2022

Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education Approves New Environmental Resolution

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - At the April 19, 2022 Board Meeting, the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education unanimously passed a new environmental resolution. Resolution No. 22-04 supports Earth Day, climate action, environmental literacy, and sustainability.

The resolution was brought forth by the Board of Education to highlight the effects of the climate crisis and the Board’s collective desire to promote civic engagement and education for the students of Laguna Beach and the greater community. This year’s theme for Earth Day was “Invest in our Planet” to focus on the effects of climate change on the planet and what efforts are being made in the real world to mitigate it.

Resolution No. 22-04 centers on creating awareness of the climate crisis and emphasizes key California legislation and current mitigation measures in LBUSD to address the climate crisis. In addition, it offers solutions to counter climate change and motivate people to action, including students, citizens, businesses, and governments.

"With this resolution, the Board further supports our students as global citizens. We are building upon sustainable practices in district operations. Integrating climate education into classrooms and programs has been one way we help support community efforts in Laguna Beach as an environmentally friendly town," said Carol Normandin, Board President.  "Creating tomorrow's green leaders is done alongside our dedicated employees - of whom some have engaged in this work since the first Earth Day." 

“Formalizing LBUSD's commitment to environmental responsibilities comes at a time when the world has reached a crisis point. Going back over a decade, there has been attention paid to better choices to address sustainability and reduce the use of resources. Turf fields, purchasing more locally sourced food, and putting in water refilling stations are a few changes that have been made as our facilities staff continue to research where else we can make a better choice,” stated Member Jan Vickers. “In addressing environmental literacy, our responsibility to inform students of the vital necessity to take care of the planet will have far-reaching effects as they learn the impact that can be made by personal habits. I look forward to LBUSD continuing its role as a leader in the local community as we work together to be better custodians of our environment.”
The environment is our most important resource and moving forward with this resolution models that to the students of LBUSD. Resolution No. 22-04 sets a great example and emphasizes the importance that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of every individual.