New elementary assembly show premieres
Green Together, King County’s new elementary assembly
show, premiered in October. The show takes students through a series of fun skits
at Camp Greenie where they learn about the four Rs – rethink, reduce, reuse,
recycle. The show is almost fully booked for this school year, but interested
schools can send an email or call 206-583-0655, ext.110 to get on the waiting list
for next year.
Moorlands Elementary calculates its waste
The Moorlands Elementary Green Team
conducted a waste audit with Green Team specialist Claire Mendelsohn to find
out what percentage of the lunchtime trash could be recycled and to come up
with ideas on how the school could waste less. Teacher Linda McDonald hosted the event in her classroom due to rain. Green
Team members sorted through trash and recorded commonly thrown away items while
other students took turns observing the process. The team calculated that 20
percent of the waste could have been recycled. The team was surprised by the
amount of food waste. The students plan to lead the school effort to recycle
empty drink containers (milk cartons, cans, juice boxes and bottles) and reduce
Schedule "Trash on a Tarp" for your Green Team
If your middle
or high school has a Green Team that is looking to get more people involved in
efforts to reduce waste, consider hosting a Trash on a Tarp event. This
activity provides a way for the entire school to see all the waste that is
generated while the team gains valuable data about how much the student body
knows about recycling and composting.
Become a King County Green School
As of October 2016, fifty percent of K-12 schools in King County outside City of Seattle have received assistance, tools, and recognition from the King County Green Schools Program. Join these 248 schools and get help to engage your school community in improving waste reduction,
Here are a few examples of what schools are doing to engage students and staff members in conservation practices.
Student volunteers at Pine Lake Elementary School in Issaquah School District made outfits out of materials that would have been thrown away and created a “Trashion Show” to showcase the outfits. In addition to giving new life to unwanted products and raising awareness of reuse, students had fun!
Recycle clothing and linens through Threadcycle
Damaged clothes and linens
aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95
percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could have been
reused or recycled. Many local organizations want all your clothes, shoes, and
linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged items – in any condition except
wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Find more information
on the King County EcoConsumer webpage.
2016-17 Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability
Do you know of a
school or district doing great work in sustainability? The U.S. Department of
Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program honors schools and districts
making significant progress towards
environmental impact and costs.
the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff.
effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic
skills, and green career pathways.The Green Ribbon
Schools and District Sustainability applications are now open through January 9th, 2017.
For more information, contact Sultana Shah.
Center for the New American Dream resources
The Center for
the New American Dream website has multiple resources focused on
reducing consumerism. Materials include a Schools Unbranded Action Kit to
address widespread in-school consumerism, ideas for simplifying the holidays, rethinking
“stuff,” and reducing plastic pollution.