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June 14, 2010

King County Green Schools Program honors 65 schools for recycling, conservation work

Sixty-five schools in 10 school districts across King County have earned recognition for their successful resource conservation efforts from the county’s Green Schools Program.

“Each of these schools has involved its whole school community – students, teachers and administrators – in reducing garbage, increasing recycling and improving other conservation practices,” said Dale Alekel, King County Green Schools Program manager.Springbrook

“When classes resume in September, our program will be there to help the schools to maintain and expand what they started this year,” she said.

The program has three levels, each of which engage the entire school community in learning about sustainability and conserving natural resources.

Participation in the program has grown each year. During the 2009-10 school year, 100 schools and eight school districts received assistance, improved their conservation practices and engaged students in leadership roles.

Thirty-four schools completed Level One of the program by initiating or improving recycling programs and focusing on waste reduction strategies such as decreasing paper use, while another 30 schools completed Level Two by engaging in energy conservation practices such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms. Tahoma Junior High School completed both Level One and Level Two.

Eleven of King County’s 18 school districts have participated or are now participating in the program. This spring Tahoma School District became the first school district to be recognized as a King County Green School District. In May the Bellevue School District also was recognized as a Level One Green School District. Bellevue School District asked all its 27 schools to complete the program, and all 10 Tahoma School District schools participated.

The award-winning King County Green Schools Program, which has helped more than 400 schools since its inception in 2003, provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and stickers, as well as the support schools need to engage students and staff in conservation.

Simple steps, such as recycling and setting aside food scraps for collection, add up to big benefits. Thanks to the King County Green Schools Program, hundreds of schools now recycle 40 to 70 percent of their solid waste and more than 60 schools recycle food scraps.

Alekel said many participating schools and districts report cuts in operating expenses by maintaining successful waste reduction and recycling programs and reducing energy and water use.

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

  • Bellevue School District: Ardmore Elementary School; Bennett Elementary School; Clyde Hill Elementary School; Eastgate Elementary School; Enatai Elementary School; International School; Phantom Lake Elementary School; Robinswood School; Spiritridge Elementary School; Stevenson Elementary School; Tillicum Middle School; Woodridge Elementary School
  • Federal Way Public Schools: Camelot Elementary School; Green Gables Elementary School; Nautilus K-8
  • Highline School District: Bow Lake Elementary School
  • Issaquah School District: Beaver Lake Middle School; Clark Elementary School; Endeavour Elementary School; Liberty High School; Newcastle Elementary School
  • Kent School District: Kent-Meridian High School; Lake Youngs Elementary School; Mill Creek Middle School; Springbrook Elementary School
  • Lake Washington School District: Wilder Elementary School
  • Mercer Island School District: Lakeridge Elementary School
  • Northshore School District: Bothell High School; Leota Junior High School
  • Snoqualmie Valley School District: Two Rivers School
  • Tahoma School District: Tahoma High School; Tahoma Junior High School
  • Private schools: Eton School; The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle; Woodinville Montessori School

Schools that completed Level Two of the King County Green Schools Program are:

  • Bellevue School District: Bellevue High School; Cherry Crest Elementary School; Chinook Middle School; Highland Middle School; Interlake High School; Lake Hills Elementary School; Medina Elementary School; Newport Heights Elementary School; Newport High School; Odle Middle School; Puesta del Sol Elementary School; Sammamish High School; Sherwood Forest Elementary School; Somerset Elementary School; Tyee Middle School.
  • Highline School District: Gregory Heights Elementary School; North Hill Elementary School
  • Issaquah School District : Issaquah Middle School
  • Kent School District : Martin Sortun Elementary School; Scenic Hill Elementary School
  • North Shore School District: Skyview Junior High School; Sunrise Elementary School
  • Snoqualmie Valley School District: Cascade View Elementary School; Fall City Elementary School; North Bend Elementary School; Snoqualmie Elementary School
  • Tahoma School District: Cedar River Middle School; Glacier Park Elementary School; Tahoma Junior High School
  • Private schools: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; The Overlake School

In addition to providing schools with the hands-on help they need, the program offers a Web site, www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools, with helpful tools and resources. Schools and school districts interested in receiving assistance can contact Alekel at dale.alekel@kingcounty.gov.