Welcome to Lakewood's Sustainability Hub!

We are dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and responsibility among our students. Through engaging activities and initiatives, we strive to empower young learners to become stewards of the planet, making positive contributions to their community and beyond!

Lakewood Earth Club🌎🌈🌞

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Teacher Coordinator

In March 2023, the Board approved "Sustainability Teacher Champions" funding at all 34 school sites to establish and lead environmental initiatives. At Lakewood Elementary, 6th-grade teacher Thomas Arnold took on the challenge in addition to all his other campus roles. Sustainability Leads will form environmental clubs and guide students through projects focusing on: energy conservation, waste reduction, and air monitoring.

Contact: Thomas Arnold

Upcoming Events

MCS and City of Modesto Earth Day Celebration 4/20 Graceda Park

Earth Day in the Park: Saturday, 4/20, 10 am - 3 pm - Modesto City Schools is partnering with the City of Modesto to host an Earth Day at Graceda Park celebrating sustainability and environmentalism!

Campus Projects!

Recycling - Classroom have four separate containers:

Dark Brown ➡ Compost/Organics
Light Gray ➡ Trash
Blue ➡ Recycling
Round Tube ➡ Pens

Purple Air Monitoring - Students monitor Lakewood's outdoor air quality daily!

Garden - Lakewood wants to start a campus garden. Thomas Arnold is in the planning stages, working in cooperation with other district staff. If you want to get involved contact Mr. Arnold.

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💡Energy Conservation

A full-time Energy Education Specialist contracted through Cenergistic monitors Lakewood's utility bills and conducts in-person audits to verify HVAC run times and proper lighting usage. The specialist also helps optimize systems to ensure they run efficiently.

Cenergistic provides ongoing training and support, including student engagement opportunities such as "Energy Audits" and "Utility Bill Review." Visit the District Energy Conservation page to learn more!

If you would like more information about this program, contact the Director of Sustainability, Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas, at Rosas.G@mcs4kids.com.

MCS ENERGY STAR® School 2023

Modesto City Schools participates in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification Program. School sites are evaluated and receive a score ranking. A minimum score of 75 means that school is in the top 25% of comparable buildings. In 2023, Lakewood Elementary received a score of 81.

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Air Quality and Health

Purple Air Monitor Program

MCS partnered with UC Merced professor Dr. Asa Bradman to install Purple Air Monitors at all 34 school sites. Lakewood has had an air monitor on the school's roof for years thanks to Mr. Arnold's initial partnership with UC Merced. Now, the Lions have an additional air monitor near the campus loading zone! Check out Lakewood's real-time outdoor air quality! We hope to initiate after-school programs involving environmental clubs and classes in monitoring and tracking.

Through consistent tracking, the air monitors will develop a baseline for emissions. Students can use software like Excel to find correlations in air quality due to site location and surroundings, weather, time of year, and even time of day.

No Idling Campaign

Idling vehicles create unnecessary, harmful pollution that affect students’ health. The message is simple: While you wait for your child, please turn off your engine. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.

Resource: Healthy Air Living Schools Program Additional Materials

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: Real-Time Air Advisory Network

RAAN uses actual, real-time air-quality data taken directly from the nearest air monitor to help you evaluate air quality and determine the right time for outdoor activities. It also provides Real-Time Outdoor Activity Risk (ROAR) guidelines based on five different air-quality levels.

Real-time air monitoring at the Transportation Yard! 6th-grade students track the air quality index of Lakewood daily. Their teacher, Mr. Arnold partnered with UC Merced over two years ago to install a Purple Air Monitor on Lakewood's rooftop.

🗑Waste Program!

District-Wide Sustainability