What’s in Your Trash Bin?

Let’s Talk Trash Workshop How does your garbage affect natural resources, energy, and climate change? Students discover the connections by participating in a “talk show” hosted by a presenter from our Solid Waste Division school program classroom workshops. Students work in small teams and become experts on how recycling and waste prevention help save landfill…

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…

Read Across America

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax On March 2, students across the United States will celebrate and encourage reading. March 2 also happens to be Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Let’s all celebrate learning and reading together. What’s your school doing for Read…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Go, Green Team! readers. Do you know how many paper cards will be purchased next week? Approximately 190 million. If you add in all the cards that are given in classrooms as well handmade cards, the total comes to a whopping 1 billion. Can you imagine how many resources…

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…

Secondary school Green Team news

Here’s the latest news from secondary school Green Teams! Brian Healy and the Environmental & Adventure School Green Team have been working on a zero water bottle initiative. In order to reduce waste from disposable water bottles, the team has been learning and doing as much as possible about water conservation. Efforts include replacing inefficient…

Elementary school Green Team news

Here’s the latest Green Team news from elementary schools! Under the leadership of Patti Foryan, the Cascade Ridge Elementary Green Team switched to reusable utensils in the lunchroom. The team surveyed other schools to learn about successes and challenges. They worked with the kitchen staff to order utensils and develop a process for making and…