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…

Environmental Resolutions for the New Year of 2018

It’s New Year Resolution season! Resolve to create good environmental habits. They can reduce your carbon footprint and save you money. 10 Eco-friendly resolutions* for your home, school or workplace Don’t buy bottled water again. Use a filter at home if necessary and carry a reusable bottle with you. No more single-use water bottle purchases!…

Save the Planet One Plate at a Time!

Easy ways to help the environment are to compost your food waste and not waste food. On average, Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy. That’s not only wasting food, that’s wasted money – $130 every month. By helping prevent food waste, you are also saving water, energy and fuel…

Tis the Season! Green Holidays Have Arrived!

This holiday season, no need to buy new decorations and gift wrapping. Avoid the cost, clutter, and stress. Make this holiday season friendly to you and the environment! Here are some eco-friendly steps from our EcoConsumer website: Give Green! Make holiday gifts from household items or buy them with a small budget. The best part…

Green Team news

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.  Elementary schools The Peter Kirk Elementary Green Team and custodian Paul Bowler wanted to improve recycling in the classroom.…

King County Green Schools in action

Here are a few examples of what King County Green Schools Program participants are doing this fall to engage students and staff members in conservation practices. The Green Team at Lake Wilderness Elementary School (Tahoma School District) is meeting on a weekly basis and has already created educational posters, delivered a PowerPoint presentation, and shared…

Take a Hike Day!

Looking for a new trail to hike? Never been hiking and want to start? November 17 is Take a Hike Day! Celebrate by hiking one of King County’s many trails. Here are just a few suggestions. SOOS CREEK TRAIL — This is a great place for a slow walk, bike ride and even a horseback ride.…