Happy International Plant Appreciation Day!

Did you know that April 13 is International Plant Appreciation Day? We always appreciate plants around here, especially our native plants. Native plants bring benefits to Northwest land and water resources, wildlife, and people. Northwest fish and wildlife depend on native plants for food, shelter, and cover. Here are just seven reasons to use native…

Elementary School Green Teams Are Busy in King County

The Green Team students at Apollo Elementary in the Issaquah School District have worked to reduce lunch time waste for several years. This year’s focus, with guidance from teachers Andrea Wolfe and Hayley Mathis, is teaching all students and staff how to have a zero-waste lunch. The biggest challenges are packaging and uneaten food. The…

Leadership Students Spearhead Environmental Action at Enumclaw Middle School

A school garden, hydration stations, and personal care products are among the topics that have spurred action from Karl Karkainen’s leadership students at Enumclaw Middle School. These students are leading initiatives to conserve resources and improve personal and environmental health. Over the summer, the students planted a pesticide-free garden. The garden provided an opportunity for…

Consider Putting Your School’s Trash on the Tarp

Has your school ever done a “Trash on the Tarp” exercise? Recently, the Issaquah Middle School Green Team conducted one for the second year in a row. A King County Green Team specialist worked with IMS teacher Kurt Weiland to devise the activity to raise awareness about lunchroom waste. Lunchroom containers were replaced by three…

Green Team Students Create a School Recycling Program

Eager for a successful recycling program at their new location, Green Team students at the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD) in Renton did some research. They used what they learned about the benefits of recycling to their community and the environment and created an advertising project to announce the school’s new recycling program. The…

Waste-Free Lunch Competition Boosts Carbon Footprint Awareness

Since the fall, the Green Team students at Ilalko Elementary School in Auburn have been encouraging their peers to participate in the school’s Waste-Free Lunch project by holding weekly competitions. Green Team members wear “walking billboards” made from recycled pillowcases to advertise the weekly competition and encourage participation. Each week, the winning class receives a…