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.…

King County Green Schools Program recognizes 83 schools and two school districts

Congratulations to these 83 schools and two districts for educating students about conservation and taking action to reduce, reuse, recycle and otherwise protect our environment! Sustaining Green School Districts 2017-18 Two districts were recognized for sustaining their waste reduction and recycling (Level One), energy conservation (Level Two), and water conservation (Level Three) practices, and for…

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…

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…

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

November 4 is National Book Lovers Day. Celebrate with a book about the environment! Read stories about environmental justice, climate change, and women in science and technology. Read about how the everyday decisions we make affect our planet. Here are some suggestions for environmentally themed books. Book descriptions are taken directly from websites referenced. Elementary…