The Environmental Sustainability Challenge asks students to design and create a xeriscape (drought tolerant garden) that addresses the need for green space in schools while taking into consideration the State's current water shortage crisis. These projects are intended to promote sustainability, engage the community, and support the school curriculum. Several schools are participating in the Challenge, including Canoga Park High School, Miller CTC, Andasol Ave ES, Hale Charter Academy, Northridge Academy, Northridge MS, Panorama City ES, Parthenia ES, Pomelo Community Charter, Porter MS, Valley Alternative Magnet, Wooden HS, and Woodlake Community Charter. At the same time, Local District Northwest worked with students and other partners to design and install the xeriscape at its Valley offices.
The xeriscape includes drought tolerant plants native to areas around the world with climates similar to Southern California (Mediterranean, Australian, and South African), as well as local California sun and shade plants.
Local District Northwest's Global Humanitarian and Environmental Sustainability Challenges are a key component in LA Unified's achievement of the District Sustainability Award from the California Department of Education and US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools programs.
More information on the Challenges may be found at LDNW's website.