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LCPS Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips accepts the New Mexico State Environment Department bronze level membership of the Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program, being presented on behalf of the New Mexico Energy Department by LCPS Energy Education Specialist Sean Barham.

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces Public Schools is the first school district in New Mexico to be recognized by the New Mexico State Environment Department (NMED) as a bronze level member of the Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program (GZELP). Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips received the award on behalf of the school district at the board’s May 21, 2013 meeting.

GZELP is a statewide environmental leadership program that recognizes organizations that demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship, said LCPS Energy Education Specialist Sean Barham.

“It is clear that Las Cruces Public Schools is committed to environmental stewardship through sustainable practices and pollution prevention,” said NMED Secretary David Martin. “Your successful efforts in recycling and energy use reduction serve as a model to other New Mexico organizations,” he said.

Specific strengths of LCPS’s membership application cited by the award review team included “an excellent application narrative for environmental results, the use of innovative recycling efforts for Styrofoam, an excellent energy conservation program with great education, implementation, and tracking procedures, a district-wide recycling program, and a strong commitment from management and school board,” said Barham.

For more information, contact Mulhauser at 575.202.8494 or sebarham@lcps.k12.nm.us.

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