June 13, 2012
Executive congratulates 4 King County Green Schools Program schools for new national honor
All four Washington schools named to Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools list received resource conservation assistance from County program
King County Executive Dow Constantine today congratulated four schools that are enrolled in the County’s Green Schools Program, and are now receiving national recognition by being named to the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools list.
“King County’s Green Schools Program has been helping schools cut waste, conserve resources and save money for nearly a decade, and I am proud that these four schools from our program have earned this special nationally recognized honor,” said the Executive.
Camelot Elementary School in Federal Way Public Schools, Secondary Academy for Success in Northshore School District, Tahoma Junior High School in Tahoma School District, and The Overlake School in Redmond have been named to the list, which is comprised of 78 schools from 29 states and Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st Century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.
Visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/factsheet.pdf for more information about the U.S. Green Ribbon Schools program.
The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and districts to conserve natural resources and become better stewards of the environment. During 2011-12, 154 schools and 12 school districts participated in the program.
Schools start the three-level program at Level One which focuses on waste reduction and recycling, and can progress to Level Two with its focus on energy conservation and Level Three which is about water conservation and pollution prevention.
King County has recognized 146 schools as Level One Green Schools, and 79 of those schools also have been recognized as Level Two Green Schools, while 48 schools have completed Level Three. Four school districts have completed Level One. Read participants’ success stories at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenschools/participants.asp.
Program staff help schools to expand waste reduction and recycling efforts, offering recommendations and hands-on help to staff and students, and providing recognition for achievement. Students and staff learn about the importance of recycling and other conservation actions.
The program also provides recycling containers for classrooms, offices and cafeterias, recycling stickers for each recycling container, and dollies to facilitate transport of recyclable materials to outdoor recycling bins.
Green School Program benefits go beyond environmental conservation: Many schools save a significant amount of money by engaging in conservation practices that reduce the use of water, electricity and paper.
The Green Schools Program is managed by staff from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division. More information is available by calling Dale Alekel, program manager, at 206-296-8457, or by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools.
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