In the news: Project Zero Waste honored, kindergarten vaccination rates rise and more Ian Hanigan January 22, 2016 We’ve made it to another Friday, and that means it’s time for our weekly recap of recent education stories. Project Zero Waste, a service-learning partnership that empowers students with hands-on environmental science instruction, has earned OCDE and OC Waste & Recycling the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Immunization rates among California’s kindergarteners are on the rise and personal belief exemption rates are down, according to the California Department of Public Health. The Orange Unified School District is considering a plan to upgrade its facilities with new energy efficient equipment using funding from a state initiative. Students from the Anaheim Union High School District participated in 130 community service projects on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Parents and coaches at Estancia High in Costa Mesa are applauding the school board’s decision to move forward with a new aquatics center. The growth mindset concept, which suggests that skills and intelligence can be developed and enhanced over time, will be explained in a series of short instructional videos for students, courtesy of researchers at Stanford University in collaboration with a San Francisco-based education startup.