International Mountain Day

Living in the northwest, we have the privilege to be near mountains. They play an important role in our lives, even if we’re not always aware of it. Mountains are a factor in our climate, resources, and crops. In the summer, the snow melt provides us with a source of water. Our mountains cast a…

Recycle right: What schools need to know

Remind students, teachers, and other staff members to recycle right. Avoid “wish-cycling” — placing materials in a recycling bin because you hope they can be recycled! Only place accepted items in recycling bins. A recycling bin contaminated with unacceptable materials such as liquids and food can lead to an entire truckload of recyclable items being…

Be Green on Halloween

Halloween can result in a lot of waste: all the candy wrappers, the single-use costumes, the thousands of carved pumpkins. During holidays we get caught up in all the fun and forget to stop and think about all the unnecessary waste we produce. There are many ways to be green during Halloween. Ideas from the…

Seven Suggestions to Start the School Year Green

The new school year starts soon! Use these next few weeks to practice green habits as you prepare to return to the classroom. Since according to research, our brains can most easily remember seven pieces of information at a time, here are seven practices for a more sustainable planet to start out your school year.…