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…

Become a King County Green School

Join the 292 schools that have benefited from the program! Get help to engage your school in improving waste reduction, recycling, and other conservation practices. As of Oct. 2018, 60 percent of K-12 schools in King County outside the City of Seattle have received assistance, tools, and recognition from the King County Green Schools Program.…

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…

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Consider a field trip, an in-class project, a take-home activity, or class presentations. Here are some project ideas and resources. Projects and activities Read a book about pollution or the environment. Maybe a good time to read or re-read the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson? Create a poster, book report, or other display about…

Spring Gardening Tips for School and Home Gardens

Spring is here and it’s time to get started on your garden. Whether you’re gardening at school or at home, whether you’re growing edible or decorative plants, we have some tips! First, make sure you have good soil for planting. The best soil composition is called “loamy.” This drains well, but retains some moisture and…

March 12 is Daylight Saving Time – What else can we save?

Daylight saving time 2017 starts at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12. There’s an interesting and complex history to daylight saving time! While it’s questionable whether daylight saving time conserves energy, we can do other things in our daily lives that without question save resources and will help our Earth. Save energy •  One easy…