The spotlight shined on Midland School during the 22nd annual Bioneers Conference from Oct. 14-16 at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, school officials said last week.

Karen Brown, creative director for The Center for Ecoliteracy, highlighted Midland during a presentation titled "Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Sustainability in Mind."

"There's maybe no school that's a better example of (communities working together to sustain life) than Midland School in Los Olivos, California" she said.

The college prep boarding and day school on a 2,860-acre campus on Figueroa Mountain Road was founded in 1932 on the principles of environmental stewardship, student leadership and self-reliance.

In 2009, Midland received the Governor's Award, California's highest environmental honor.

Each year, 10th-grade students add solar panels to the school's renewable energy infrastructure as part of the science curriculum. As of this year, 20 percent of campus electricity needs are "off the grid."

The Center for Ecoliteracy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing sustainability education to schools.

Bioneers are described as those striving to make life on Earth sustainable.


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