Concord's Green Growth Takes Root in the Younger Generation

Smoking Banned in Concord, CA's Town Square
Smoking Banned in Concord, CA's Town Square

The green movement in Concord, CA, is taking root in the younger generation.

Students at Monte Garden Elementary are taking part in a milk carton recycling program – the first of its kind in the country – and the school's efforts earned it a spotlight as the worldwide nonprofit Go Green Initiative's School of the Week. The students' enthusiasm for green living likely stems from the city's larger eco-friendly plan, which includes a litter-reduction program that earned Concord a Distinguished Project Award in 2007 from the Project Management Institute, a not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession.

The city also began running its all-electric utility vehicle. Overseen by a citywide Green Ribbon Task Force, initiatives like these have helped Concord earn multiple Bay Area Green Business Awards.

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