Welcome to Fremont's Sustainability Hub!

We are dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and responsibility among our students. Through engaging activities and initiatives, we strive to empower young learners to become stewards of the planet, making positive contributions to their community and beyond!

Real-time outdoor air quality at the Transportation Yard! (Placeholder until Fremont's monitor is installed)

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Upcoming Events

Campus Projects!

Genre Days K-6 - students investigate what is the most pervasive waste on campus, compared to 2- 6 years ago.

Plastic Pollution Reducers - Students learn about types of plastic and where it ends up in the ocean, based on the density and what animals are effected by the different types.

Fremont Open Plan Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health - investigate if our elementary school is healthy based on biodiversity, pollinators, and waste.

Neighborhood Cleanups - Quarterly K-6 students cleanup the community and learn what we can do to be good neighbors.

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Green Cub🌎🌈🌞

Open Plan students conducted an Environmental and Sustainability survey of the campus on a range of topics and proposed solutions in the Earth Day Poster. Below are a few of the areas surveyed:

  • Campus Air Quality Program (In Progress)

  • Campus Recycling (In Progress)

  • Native Gardens & Edible Gardens

  • Plastic use in the Makerspace

  • Rain Water Collection Program

  • Cafeteria Waste Reduction

  • Bike Campaign

  • Pathways (reduce things left behind in hallways)

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Teacher Coordinator

In March 2023, the Board approved "Sustainability Teacher Champions" funding at all 34 school sites to establish and lead environmental initiatives. At Fremont Elementary, open plan teacher Levi Hanzel-Sello took on the challenge in addition to other campus roles. Sustainability Leads will form environmental clubs and guide students through projects focusing on: energy conservation, waste reduction, and air monitoring.

💡Energy Conservation

A full-time Energy Education Specialist contracted through Cenergistic monitors Fremont's utility bills and conducts in-person audits to verify HVAC run times and proper lighting usage. The specialist also helps optimize systems to ensure they run efficiently.

Cenergistic provides ongoing training and support, including student engagement opportunities such as "Energy Audits" and "Utility Bill Review." Visit the District Energy Conservation page to learn more!

If you would like more information about this program, contact the Director of Sustainability, Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas, at Rosas.G@mcs4kids.com.

MCS ENERGY STAR® School 2023

Modesto City Schools participates in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification Program. School sites are evaluated and receive a score ranking. A minimum score of 75 means that school is in the top 25% of comparable buildings. In 2023, Fremont Elementary received a score of 97.

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🗑Waste Program!

Air Quality and Health

Purple Air Monitor Program

MCS partnered with UC Merced professor Dr. Asa Bradman to install Purple Air Monitors at all 34 school sites. The installation is underway, but stay tuned to see Fremont's real-time outdoor air quality. We hope to initiate after-school programs involving environmental clubs and classes in monitoring and tracking.

Through consistent tracking, the air monitors will develop a baseline for emissions. Students can use software like Excel to find correlations in air quality due to site location and surroundings, weather, time of year, and even time of day.

No Idling Campaign

Idling vehicles create unnecessary, harmful pollution that affect students’ health. The message is simple: While you wait for your child, please turn off your engine. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.

Resource: Healthy Air Living Schools Program Additional Materials

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: Real-Time Air Advisory Network

RAAN uses actual, real-time air-quality data taken directly from the nearest air monitor to help you evaluate air quality and determine the right time for outdoor activities. It also provides Real-Time Outdoor Activity Risk (ROAR) guidelines based on five different air-quality levels.

District-Wide Sustainability