Remember Mother Earth When Celebrating Your Mother

May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth. Mother Earth has a place in many different cultures. The Greek version is Gaia from whom all live sprang and who personifies the interconnected ecosystems of Earth. The Earth on Turtle’s Back is a story from Native American tradition about a world of all…

What Do You Know about the Landfill?

Landfills contain the leftovers of our daily lives. Often we don’t realize the impact of our thrown-away items because we see only what’s in our home trash can. We’re a consumer society and many things we buy and use end up in the landfill. In King County, we’re doing a pretty good job of reducing…

What Happens to Your Recyclables?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the recyclables that you put in your collection cart each week after they’re picked up at the curb? Once the trucks drive off, they head to a materials recycling facility or MRF (pronounced “murf”). In King County, your recyclables likely end up at the Cascade Recycling Center in…

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…