Green Schools Program
Join more than 200 schools and 12 school districts that have received assistance from the program, improved their conservation practices, involved students in conservation and outreach efforts, and received recognition!
Check out the success stories about schools and districts that have completed program levels since 2009. Also see success stories about districts and schools that participated prior to 2009, and read participant comments.
All schools and school districts in King County will practice resource conservation and engage their students and staff in environmental stewardship.
To provide King County schools and school districts with tools and support needed to
- initiate and expand waste reduction and recycling practices and other conservation actions.
- involve the whole school community in environmental stewardship.
- operate environmentally efficient and responsible facilities.
The program is sponsored by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division.
Eligible schools and school districts
Public and private K - 12 schools and school districts in King County, outside of the City of Seattle, are eligible to participate.
What schools and districts are saying about the Green Schools Program
"Thank YOU for being so accommodating and easy to work with. We all really appreciate your work to break things down for us so that we can achieve Level One status." – Ann Torres, principal, Parkwood Elementary School, Shoreline School District
"I appreciate the support you offer and the excellent resources available through the King County Green Schools website. Both have helped us to provide Green Tips on our school website, educate primary level students regarding composting, participate in a water conservation challenge, expand the number of teachers and students involved in the "Green Team", and pilot a bottle cap recycling effort." – Andrea Wolfe, 4th Grade teacher, Apollo Elementary, Issaquah School District
"I so appreciate the level of respect and understanding King County Green Schools Program gives to our custodial staff. Their buy-in is critical to growing and maintaining a sustainable program." – Patrick Amato, custodial manager, Renton School District
Earth Day activities for schools
Earth Day, April 22, is an opportunity to focus on protecting the Earth's resources. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about natural resources and taking action to make a positive difference in your school and community. The Earth Day activity guideDownload PDF 350 K includes educational and promotional campaigns, community and stewardship activities, competitions, and field trips, with links to other guides, sample pledge forms, documentary movies, and more.
Gardening resources for schools
School gardens provide students with fresh produce for snacks and lunches, opportunities for hands-on learning about food and plant systems, and increased physical activity as they prepare, plant and weed garden beds. Locate resources and grants for school gardensDownload PDF 120 K, and learn about edible, native plant and rain gardens.