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King County Green Schools Program honors 55 schools as they help cut waste, save resources

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Schools from 33 cities and 15 school districts across King County have engaged students and employees in conservation practices that cut waste, increase recycling and conserve water and energy with the Green Schools Program.

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This month, the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing 55 schools for their conservation achievements.

“These schools have initiated or improved sustainable practices and are teaching their students and employees about conservation,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program manager.

Schools from 33 cities and 15 school districts in King County are engaging students, teachers, and other staff in reducing waste and recycling, and conserving water and energy, with help from the King County Green Schools Program.

The program involves students and school employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. Alekel said that participating schools and school districts have reported saving money through reduced garbage volumes and decreased energy and water use.

“The King County Green Schools Program directly supports our goal of increasing the County’s recycling rate from 53 percent to 70 percent,” said Pat McLaughlin, director of the King County Solid Waste Division.

During the last school year, 75 percent of participating schools achieved recycling rates of at least 40 percent, and 15 percent of those schools reached recycling rates of 60 percent or better.

King County Solid Waste Division’s Green Schools Program, which assists and recognizes individual schools and school districts for reducing garbage, conserving energy, and saving water, has added a fourth level: “Sustaining Green School.”

“For students, teachers, custodians, administrators, and other members of the school community who have joined together to achieve the first three levels of the program, the Sustaining Green School level offers an incentive to sustain and build on their good work,” Alekel said.

To qualify for recognition as a Sustaining Green School, a school selects and completes an additional conservation practice or educational strategy from the program’s Best Practices Guides, while sustaining the conservation strategies the school achieved during the first three levels of the program.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, from 100 schools in 2009-10 to 216 schools (40 percent of the schools in King County outside the City of Seattle) in 2014-15. The program also assists school districts, with 12 districts currently participating. 

As of this month, of the 216 schools participating in the county program:

• 24 schools are being recognized as Sustaining Green Schools, which makes a total of 25 schools recognized in 2014-15 at this level;
• 199 schools have been recognized as Level One schools for their waste reduction and recycling practices;
• 114 schools have been recognized as Level Two schools for sustaining their Level One practices and engaging in energy conservation education and actions; and
• 83 schools have been recognized as Level Three schools for engaging in water conservation education and actions while maintaining their Level One and Two practices.

The 55 schools listed below are being recognized this month for completing Green School actions and education.
 
Level Four Sustaining Green Schools 2014-15

• Camelot Elementary School   - Federal Way Public Schools
• Carl Sandburg Elementary/
Discovery Community School   - Lake Washington School District
• Carnation Elementary School   - Riverview School District
• Cedar River Middle School   - Tahoma School District
• Creekside Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• French-American School of Puget Sound - Mercer Island, private school
• Glacier Park Elementary School   - Tahoma School District
• Grand Ridge Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• Issaquah Middle School    - Issaquah School District
• Lake Wilderness Elementary School  - Tahoma School District
• Lakeland Hills Elementary School  - Auburn School District
• Lea Hill Elementary School   - Auburn School District
• Newcastle Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• Pine Lake Middle School    - Issaquah School District
• Rock Creek Elementary School   - Tahoma School District
• Sequoyah Middle School    - Federal Way Public Schools
• Shadow Lake Elementary School  - Tahoma School District
• Sunset Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• Tahoma Junior High School   - Tahoma School District
• Tahoma Middle School    - Tahoma School District
• The Evergreen School     - Shoreline, private school
• The Jewish Day School     - Bellevue, private school
• Two Rivers School     - Snoqualmie Valley School District
• Westwood Elementary School   - Enumclaw School District

Level Three schools - Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention

• Apollo Elementary School    - Issaquah School District
• Bothell High School     - Northshore School District
• Briarwood Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• Covington Elementary School    - Kent School District
• Echo Lake Elementary School    - Shoreline School District
• Glenridge Elementary School   - Kent School District
• Islander Middle School     - Mercer Island School District
• Issaquah High School      - Issaquah School District
• King’s Elementary School    - Shoreline, private school
• Mercer Island High School    - Mercer Island School District
• North Bend Elementary School    - Snoqualmie Valley School District
• Olympic Middle School     - Auburn School District
• Sunny Hills Elementary School   - Issaquah School District
• West Mercer Elementary School   - Mercer Island School District

Level Two schools - Energy Conservation

• Beaver Lake Middle School    - Issaquah School District
• Enumclaw Middle School    - Enumclaw School District
• Olympic View Elementary School  - Federal Way Public Schools
• St. Luke School     - Shoreline, private school
• Tiffany Park Elementary School   - Renton School District

Level One schools - Waste Reduction and Recycling

• Auburn Mountainview High School   - Auburn School District
• Cottage Lake Elementary School   - Northshore School District
• Ilalko Elementary School     - Auburn School District
• Illahee Middle School     - Federal Way Public Schools
• Kokanee Elementary School    - Northshore School District
• Lake View Elementary School    - Auburn School District
• Mattson Middle School     - Kent School District
• Maywood Hills Elementary School   - Northshore School District
• Mount Baker Middle School    - Auburn School District
• Peter Kirk Elementary School    - Lake Washington School District
• Ridgecrest Elementary School    - Shoreline School District
• Washington Elementary School    - Auburn School District

Learn more by contacting Alekel at 206-477-5267 or dale.alekel@kingcounty.gov.