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King County Green Schools Program recognizes 77 schools, 2 districts for resource conservation

Summary

The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts to engage their students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. The program assists schools and districts to reduce waste, increase recycling, and take other actions to conserve natural resources. More than 250 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from this program.

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Schools from 34 King County cities and unincorporated areas are reducing waste, increasing recycling, conserving resources, and cutting costs with help from the King County Green Schools Program . The program provides hands-on help and the tools that schools need, such as recycling containers and signs, to make improvements.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year – from 70 schools in 2008 to 251 schools this year, which is half of all K-12 schools in King County outside the City of Seattle.

“We’re pleased to recognize 77 schools and two school districts for their contributions toward helping us achieve our goal of a 70 percent recycling rate in King County,” said Pat McLaughlin, director of the King County Solid Waste Division.

Of the 251 schools participating in the program, as of June 2017

  • 232 schools have been recognized as Level One King County Green Schools for their waste reduction and recycling efforts;
  • 132 of those 232 Level One Green Schools have been recognized as Level Two schools for education and actions focused on energy conservation;
  • 100 of those 132 Level Two Green Schools have been recognized as Level Three schools for education and actions related to water conservation;
  • 91 of the 100 Level Three Green Schools have been recognized as Sustaining Green Schools for maintaining their Level One through Three practices and adding new conservation strategies and education.

“These 77 schools and two school districts initiated or improved sustainable practices, encouraging students and employees to reduce paper use, reduce food waste, recycle, or conserve energy and water, all of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program manager.

In addition to Green Schools Program assistance and recognition, King County offers support for student green teams, an elementary school assembly program, and classroom workshops for grades 1–12 that teach students about conservation.

Learn more by contacting Dale Alekel at 206-477-5267.

School district recognition

Auburn School District – King County Level One Green School District

Auburn School District was recognized as a King County Level One Green School District for completing waste reduction and recycling criteria. The district has expanded and improved recycling in its school facilities, and has implemented waste reduction practices such as using durable, reusable trays and utensils in several school cafeterias and converting Staff Links to a digital publication thus eliminating 1,600 paper copies each quarter.

Of the 20 schools in Auburn School District that participate in the program:

  • 19 schools have been recognized as Level One Green Schools.
  • 7 schools also have been recognized as Level Two Green Schools.
  • 5 schools also have been recognized as Level Three Green Schools.
  • 2 schools also have been recognized as Sustaining Green Schools.
Issaquah School District – King County Level Three Green School District

Issaquah School District was recognized as a King County Level Three Green School District for completing water conservation and pollution prevention criteria. The district has been recognized as a Level One and Level Two Green School District for its waste reduction, recycling and energy conservation practices.

Twenty-three of the district’s 24 schools are participating in the King County Green Schools Program and have been recognized as Level One Green Schools. Twenty-two of the schools also have been recognized as Level Two Green Schools for energy conservation education and actions, and 18 have been recognized as Level Three Green Schools for their water conservation education and actions, while 15 schools have been recognized as Sustaining Green Schools for maintaining their Level One through Three practices and adding one new conservation action each year.

King County Green Schools receive 2017 Green Ribbon School awards and Green Leader awards

The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program recognizes schools that excel in the three Green Ribbon Pillars -- Environmental impact and costs related to energy, water, and waste - Pillar 1; Healthy schools: Improving health and wellness of students and staff – Pillar 2; and Environmental and sustainability education – Pillar 3.

Green Gables Elementary School-in Federal Way Public Schools and Lakeridge Elementary School in Mercer Island School District each received a Green Ribbon School award. Both schools have participated in the King County Green Schools Program since 2009 and have been recognized as King County Sustaining Green Schools.

Lakeland Hills Elementary (Auburn School District), a King County Sustaining Green School, received a Washington OSPI Green School Leader award for Pillars 1 and 2. Montessori Children’s House (Redmond), a King County Level Two Green School, received a Green School Leader award for Pillars 2 and 3.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools page for more information about U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School program.

School recognition

Sustaining Green Schools 2016-17

The following 45 schools were recognized as Sustaining Green Schools for maintaining Level One, Two, and Three practices, and completing an additional conservation action or educational strategy.

Auburn School District
  • Lakeland Hills Elementary School
Enumclaw School District
  • Enumclaw Middle School
  • Westwood Elementary School
Federal Way Public Schools
  • Camelot Elementary School
  • Green Gables Elementary School
  • Lakota Middle School
Highline School District
  • North Hill Elementary School
Issaquah School District
  • Apollo Elementary School
  • Briarwood Elementary School
  • Cascade Ridge Elementary School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Endeavour Elementary School
  • Grand Ridge Elementary School
  • Issaquah High School
  • Issaquah Middle School
  • Liberty High School
  • Newcastle Elementary School
  • Pine Lake Middle School
  • Sunny Hills Elementary School
  • Sunset Elementary School
Kent School District
  • Crestwood Elementary School
  • Lake Youngs Elementary School
Lake Washington School District
  • Carl Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Elementary School
Mercer Island School District
  • Lakeridge Elementary School
Northshore School District
  • Secondary Academy for Success
  • Skyview Junior High School
Renton School District
  • Tiffany Park Elementary School
Riverview School District
  • Carnation Elementary School
Snoqualmie Valley School District
  • North Bend Elementary School
  • Snoqualmie Elementary School
Tahoma School District
  • Cedar River Middle School
  • Glacier Park Elementary School
  • Lake Wilderness Elementary School
  • Rock Creek Elementary School
  • Shadow Lake Elementary School
  • Tahoma Junior High School
  • Tahoma Middle School
  • Tahoma Senior High School
Private schools
  • Chestnut Hill Academy (Bellevue)
  • King’s Elementary School (Shoreline)
  • King’s High School (Shoreline)
  • St Luke School (Shoreline)
  • The Evergreen School (Shoreline)
  • The Jewish Day School (Bellevue)

Level Three (water conservation and pollution prevention)

The following seven Level Three King County Green Schools maintained Level One and Two practices, and engaged students and employees in water conservation and pollution prevention actions.

Auburn School District
  • Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School
  • Ilalko Elementary School
Federal Way Public Schools
  • Olympic View Elementary School
Issaquah School District
  • Beaver Lake Middle School
  • Clark Elementary School
  • Maywood Middle School
Kent School District
  • Horizon Elementary School

Level Two (energy conservation)

The following seven Level Two Green Schools maintained Level One waste reduction and recycling practices, and learned about and engaged in energy conservation actions.

Enumclaw School District
  • Southwood Elementary School
Kent School District
  • Kent Elementary School
Lake Washington School District
  • Environmental & Adventure School
  • Inglewood Middle School
Northshore School District
  • Moorlands Elementary School
Riverview School District
  • Eagle Rock Multi-age Elementary
Private school
  • Montessori Children’s House (Redmond)

Level One (waste reduction and recycling)

The following 18 schools were recognized as King County Level One Green Schools for initiating or improving waste reduction and recycling practices.

Auburn School District
  • Alpac Elementary School
  • Cascade Middle School
  • Dick Scobee Elementary School
  • Evergreen Heights Elementary School
  • Rainier Middle School
Federal Way Public Schools
  • Lake Grove Elementary School
  • Todd Beamer High School
Lake Washington School District
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Kirkland Middle School
  • Redmond High School
  • Redmond Middle School
  • Tesla STEM High School
Mercer Island School District
  • Northwood Elementary School
Northshore School District
  • Woodmoor Elementary School
Renton School District
  • Benson Hill Elementary School
  • Highlands Elementary School
Shoreline School District
  • Cascade K-8 Community School
Vashon Island School District
  • Chautauqua Elementary School