Green Teams in King County schools have already accomplished a lot since the beginning of the school year! There’s plenty of time to start new projects this year. Or expand upon ones you started last year.
This year, many elementary school Green Teams are starting projects to reduce plastic waste. The projects begin with the team learning about the most common types of plastic waste, the life cycle of plastic products, and current event stories about plastics. Next, the team develops realistic alternatives to the most common types of plastic waste and plans a plastics art show and pledge wall. Small groups create art made from used, disposable plastic. These creations along with posters showing the plastics problem and solution are displayed for the whole school to see. The art invites students and staff to reflect on the problem and the pledge wall gives them an opportunity to take action to reduce plastic waste. Email a Green Team specialist to plan your own plastics project or call 206-981-2240
Student Green Team leaders Shelby and Lauren as well as teacher Andrew Rapin worked with the King County Green Team specialist to plan a Trash on a Tarp event that would meet the needs of Mount Si High School. At the time of the event, no recycling was available in the cafeteria, so students’ knowledge of properly sorting waste was not tested during the event. As usual, however, all garbage cans were removed and tarps labeled garbage, recycling, and compost were placed in a central location. The county specialists and the team made signs and helped every student and staff member properly sort their lunch time waste, a strategy that created a cooperative atmosphere. The team recorded its observations, analyzed the data, and then determined its top three areas for improvement to work on throughout the school year. This motivated team has already reached its first goal. On October 16, 2017 the school started recycling in the lunchroom. The Green Team also created a video to promote lunchroom recycling.
High school and middle school Green Teams are creating short, informative, fun videos to support their waste reduction and recycling goals. For basic videos, Green Team specialists help the team create stick-figure storyboard scripts that clearly outline the entire process. After the team has prepared materials and props, rehearsed, and created the video, the specialist can help with simple video editing as needed. Some teams are expanding their efforts to create a digital story that utilizes paper art and white boarding. Email a Green Team specialist to plan your own video or digital story or call 206-981-2240
Let us know what your school Green Team is up to and how it’s improving the environment in King County!