LLA Recognized for Environmental Excellence

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Students, staff honored as “Eco-Heroes” at SF Environment Award Luncheon


By Justin Warren


Life Learning Academy has earned an award from the San Francisco Department of the Environment for environmental excellence.

The department recognized LLA for a variety of school-wide efforts to reduce waste, recycle, produce organic produce, and teach sustainable and environmentally sensible practices in its Ecology and Garden classes.

“It feels good because we’re doing a huge diversity of things,” Ecology teacher Karuna Holm said after the event.

In addition to implementing a four-bin recycling system at the school, Holm noted that “we’ve really diversified and given kids a lot of different opportunities to connect to the environment,” including community service work, educating younger students, acting as local ecologists, and developing sustainable entrepreneurship through a partnership with CUESA that allows LLA’s organic produce to be sold at the SF Farmer’s Market. The on-site organic garden even added a bee colony this spring to pollinate plants and generate honey which may be offered at the school’s market booth in the future.

A dozen LLA students joined LLA’s administrators and Garden teacher to accept the award at a ceremonial luncheon in the South Light Court at San Francisco City Hall, which also honored the environmental efforts of three SF elementary schools. LLA was the only high school to earn an award.