Secondary School Green Team News

Secondary school Green Teams take on real leadership roles in their school and community to make conservation a success. Twelve of the 29 registered secondary Green Teams thus far have submitted applications to receive awards for the work they’ve done this year. Clare Jenkins and the Eastside Catholic School Green Team conducted a waste audit…

Elementary School Green Team News

Thirty-six elementary Green Teams have already submitted Green Team award applications this year. Here are some examples of their projects. (Some were included in the February 2017 Class Act.) Teacher Tiffany Comolli and the Go Green Club at Briarwood Elementary in Issaquah conducted four waste-free lunches this year, promoting them with videos, signs, and other…

End-of-School-Year Assignments to Reduce Waste

What can schools do to reduce end-of-school-year waste and improve recycling? Everyone at school – students, staff, faculty, and custodians – has a role. A school green team or environmental club can lead some of the following activities that help a school stay true to its waste reduction commitment. Hold a “zero waste” locker clean-out                                                                             Designate a…

Promote Biodiversity in Your Community

Monday, May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The theme for this year is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism in keeping with the United Nation’s designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Well-managed tourism can reduce threats to biodiversity. What is biodiversity? Simply put, it refers to the variety…

Remember Mother Earth When Celebrating Your Mother

May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth. Mother Earth has a place in many different cultures. The Greek version is Gaia from whom all live sprang and who personifies the interconnected ecosystems of Earth. The Earth on Turtle’s Back is a story from Native American tradition about a world of all…

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Consider a field trip, an in-class project, a take-home activity, or class presentations. Here are some project ideas and resources. Projects and activities Read a book about pollution or the environment. Maybe a good time to read or re-read the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson? Create a poster, book report, or other display about…