2011 Golden Bell Winners

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and the California School Boards Association Reward Two Bay Area School Districts' Sustainable Efforts With Annual Education Award.

Oakland Unified School District and Sequoia Union High School District prove that passion for education and compassion for sustainable practices is an award-winning combination.

Oakland Unified School District's "Sustainability Initiatives' Green Gloves" Program and the Sequoia Union High School District's "Behavior Change Or Climate Change" Program were recognized by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) for their student-led, environmentally friendly curricula and community outreach.  The programs were submitted in the Sustainable, Renewable, Energy and Resource Efficient Programs category of the CSBA Golden Bell Awards, a long-standing statewide recognition program that identifies and celebrates excellent public education programs across all areas of instruction and leadership.  As the winners in this category, both districts receive $2,500 each from Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, sponsor of the "Going Green!" Golden Bell award.

"We believe the 'Going Green!' category reflects public education's growing interest in environmental protection and resource conservation and we support that interest," said Peter Fagen, Managing Partner at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP. The firm generously sponsors the Going Green! award annually.

"We work with school districts throughout the state that are striving to reduce energy consumption and explore renewable energy options for their schools.  We feel offering financial support to student-based programs that encourage conservation efforts is a natural way for us to support the great 'green' cause," said Mr. Fagen.

"In these difficult economic times, it is refreshing to see our private sector partners literally putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to public education," said Matthew Zito, principal of  Menlo-Atherton High School in the Sequoia Union High School District.


Oakland USD's Sustainability Initiative's Green Gloves Program is a comprehensive, districtwide initiative that provides numerous exciting opportunities for students and parents, and has garnered community support to enhance environmental  education, awareness, and accountability.  Examples include:

  • Establishment of site-specific practices to minimize environmental impact districtwide
  • Collaboration of custodial and student leadership teams to execute sustainable practices


Sequoia Union High School District's "Behavior Change or Climate Change" Program has touched students throughout the district and beyond with educational tips addressing environmental conservation.  Examples include:

  • Student-created "edu-tainment" seminars and other interactive activities providing behavioral tips for environmental benefit
  • Student leaders received scholarships from Stanford University to attend and deliver presentations at prestigious international climate change conference


As part of the California School Boards Association's Golden Bell Awards, which recognizes excellent education in 19 categories, the "Going Green!" category—Sustainability, Renewable, Energy and Resource Efficient Programs—is the only Golden Bell category complemented by a financial award for schools/students. Entries are solicited statewide and evaluated by CSBA leadership. Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost is proud to contribute a total of $5,000 to winning districts.

Golden Bell Info

To get more information about the Golden Bell Awards, including eligibility criteria and timeline for judging, see the CSBA web site.

Top: Managing Partner Peter Fagen speaks at CSBA's 2011 Golden Bell Ceremony in San Diego.

Bottom: Sequoia UHSD Superintendent James Lianides, Ed.D., Partner Melanie Petersen, Menlo-Atherton High School Principal Matthew Zito, and CSBA's Cindy Marks and Frank Pugh

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