King County Green Schools Program recognizes 83 schools and two school districts

Congratulations to these 83 schools and two districts for educating students about conservation and taking action to reduce, reuse, recycle and otherwise protect our environment! Sustaining Green School Districts 2017-18 Two districts were recognized for sustaining their waste reduction and recycling (Level One), energy conservation (Level Two), and water conservation (Level Three) practices, and for…

Here’s the latest secondary school Green Team news!

The Eastside Catholic School Green Team with teacher Clare Jenkins completed two separate projects this year. First, they promoted an anti-idling campaign to reduce air pollution in the community. Actions included letters to parents, website announcements, and electronic reader board notices. The team encountered some reluctance from drivers to turn off their cars. They have…

Here’s the latest elementary school Green Team news!

Team leaders Kathy McAllen and Andrea Wolfe coordinated a year-long project with the Apollo Elementary School Green Team to reduce lunchtime waste. The team used announcements and videos to promote the project, and participated in a STEMposium showcase event. They also collected data and sought feedback from key stakeholders. The lunchroom staff was pleased with…

Walk for the environment and your health!

The first week of April is National Walk Week and Friday April 6 is National Walk to Work Day. Walking not only helps the environment by cutting down greenhouse gas emissions, but also leads to health benefits! Let’s all celebrate the first week of April by walking together to better the environment and ourselves. Some…

Enumclaw Middle School student wins service award

Congratulations to Sophia de Marco, an eighth-grader at Enumclaw Middle School for being named the Prudential Spirit of Service Award winner for Washington State. The award recognizes youths across the country for their volunteer service. Enumclaw Middle School teacher Karl Karkainen says that Sophia’s award-winning work is largely related to the environmental-related causes she is…

What schools need to know about China’s import ban on some recyclable materials

China is the largest user of recyclable materials from the United States. Several factors make China a good market for U.S. recyclers, particularly those on the Pacific coast. Shipping costs are low, and China has a high need for recyclable materials for manufacturing products. China also has lower labor costs to sort contaminants from recyclable materials. Last year, China…