Irvington High School in Fremont California was selected by Ladies’ Home Journal as one of "America’s Most Amazing Schools." The September, healing 2010 edition of the magazine features 10 schools from across America that, “exemplify what American education is doing right.” Irvington High School, a traditional public high school with over 2000 students was recognized for its “green” programs and initiatives- including efforts to expand recycling, save energy, and provide opportunities for all students to help solve environmental problems as part of the 9th grade curriculum.
Irvington’s campus was built in the 1960’s, but that has not limited the imagination of students and staff in their implementation of green policies and procedures. For example, Irvington piloted a food scrap diversion program in its kitchen that has now been adopted by other high schools in the district. Student leaders have been actively involved in grant writing- winning awards for on-campus composting, solar panels, and a $250,000 diesel-electric hybrid bus.