Yosemite High Teacher Receives National Recognition For Green Efforts
Yosemite High history teacher Jeff Rivero was named "Educator of the Year" by the Center for Green Schools, an organization founded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) aimed at supporting green efforts of K-12 schools and districts. The announcement was made at the USGBC and Green Schools National Network's "Best of Green Schools Awards" held at the end of June.
Mr. Rivero, who was a recipient of the EPA's Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in 2016, uses environmental issues in the classroom to get students involved in current events and community service projects. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rivero has focused his efforts on alleviating food insecurity and poverty in communities.
"Mr. Rivero is a great ambassador for MUHSD and beyond with regard energy sustainability and a greener tomorrow," said MUHSD Superintendent Alan Peterson. "He is a true believer and uses his own time and treasure to promote the cause to his students and our community."
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Rivero thanked his students, co-workers and community partners. Mr. Rivero also dedicated his award to the lives that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.