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King County Green Schools Program honors 64 schools, 2 districts for conservation

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Sixty-four schools in 15 school districts across King County have earned recognition for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.

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Sixty-four schools in 15 school districts across King County have earned recognition for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.
 
“Staff and students at these 64 schools have embraced recycling, reducing waste and other conservation actions, with assistance from the County’s Green Schools Program,” said Dale Alekel, program manager.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, with 100 schools participating in 2009-10, 120 in 2010-11, and 154 in 2011-12.
 
The program has three levels which involve students and staff in learning about and practicing conservation of natural resources.

In 2011-12, 25 schools completed Level One by expanding their recycling practices and focusing on waste reduction strategies, such as decreasing paper use, while another 17 schools completed Level Two by engaging in energy conservation actions, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms. Twenty-three schools completed Level Three by learning about and engaging in water conservation practices.

The program assists school districts as well as schools, with 12 districts participating in 2011-12.
 
This spring, Tahoma School District became the first school district to be recognized as a Level Three Green School District by completing that level’s water conservation criteria. The district also completed Level Two during this past school year by focusing on energy conservation. All eight Tahoma School District schools have completed Level One and Level Two, and five of the schools also have completed Level Three.

Issaquah School District completed Level One this spring, after 21 of its 24 schools were recognized as Level One Green Schools. Six of the 21 schools also have completed Level Two and four schools have completed Level Three. The district’s resource conservation manager, John Macartney, facilitates district-wide Green School actions and successes. All 21 Green Schools in the district collect food scraps and food soiled paper, which are transported to a composting facility.
 
The award-winning King County Green Schools Program provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and stickers, and the ongoing support schools need to engage students and staff in conservation actions. Simple steps, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms and recycling paper, bottles and cans, add up to big benefits.

Alekel said most participants report cuts in operating expenses after maintaining successful waste reduction and recycling programs and reducing energy and water use.

In addition to providing schools with the hands-on help they need, the Green Schools Program offers a website, www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools, with helpful tools and resources. King County also provides an elementary school assembly program, classroom workshops and support for student green teams. Schools and districts interested in the Green Schools Program can contact Alekel at dale.alekel@kingcounty.gov.

The 25 schools that completed Level One of the King County Green Schools Program are:

Auburn School District: Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School; Lea Hill Elementary School; Olympic Middle School
Enumclaw School District: Westwood Elementary School
Federal Way Public Schools: Career Academy at H.S. Truman High School; Olympic View Elementary School
Issaquah School District: Briarwood Elementary School
Kent School District: Cedar Valley Elementary School; Covington Elementary School; Daniel Elementary School; East Hill Elementary School (also completed Level Two requirements in 2011-12); Fairwood Elementary School; Kentlake High School; Meadow Ridge Elementary School; Meeker Middle School; Meridian Middle School; Millennium Elementary School; Ridgewood Elementary School
Lake Washington School District: Margaret Mead Elementary School
Renton School District:  Bryn Mawr Elementary School; Renton Park Elementary School
Riverview School District: Riverview Learning Center
Shoreline School District: Echo Lake Elementary School; Syre Elementary School
Private schools:  French-American School of Puget Sound (Mercer Island)

The 17 schools that completed Level Two are:
Highline School District: Madrona Elementary School; Shorewood Elementary School
Issaquah School District: Cougar Ridge Elementary School; Grand Ridge Elementary School; Pine Lake Middle School
Kent School District: Crestwood Elementary School; East Hill Elementary School (also completed Level One requirements in 2011-12); Soos Creek Elementary School
Mercer Island School District: Mercer Island High School
Northshore School District: Bothell High School
Tahoma School District: Rock Creek Elementary School; Tahoma High School; Tahoma Middle School
Private schools: Chestnut Hill Academy (Bellevue); Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland); King’s Schools (Shoreline); The Jewish Day School (Bellevue)

The 23 schools that completed Level Three are:
Bellevue School District: Ardmore Elementary School; Bellevue Big Picture School; Bennett Elementary School; Clyde Hill Elementary School; Eastgate Elementary School; Enatai Elementary School; International School; Phantom Lake Elementary School; Spiritridge Elementary School; Stevenson Elementary School; Tillicum Middle School; Woodridge Elementary School. The City of Bellevue provided assistance to 12 schools in the Bellevue School District to help them complete Level Three.

Federal Way Public Schools: Nautilus K-8 School
Issaquah School District: Creekside Elementary School; Newcastle Elementary School
Kent School District: Kent-Meridian High School
Mercer Island School District: Island Park Elementary School
Northshore School District: Skyview Junior High School
Riverview School District: Carnation Elementary School
Snoqualmie Valley School District: Two Rivers School
Tahoma School District: Cedar River Middle School; Lake Wilderness Elementary School; Shadow Lake Elementary School

Related information

King County Green Schools

King County Solid Waste