King County Green Schools Program honors schools in Shoreline

Thursday, June 4, 2015

This month, the King County Green Schools Program is recognizing 55 schools for their conservation achievements.

“These schools have initiated or improved sustainable practices and are teaching their students and employees about conservation,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program manager.

Schools from 33 cities and 15 school districts in King County are engaging students, teachers, and other staff in reducing waste and recycling, and conserving water and energy, with help from the King County Green Schools Program.

The program involves students and school employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. Alekel said that participating schools and school districts have reported saving money through reduced garbage volumes and decreased energy and water use.

“The King County Green Schools Program directly supports our goal of increasing the County’s recycling rate from 53 percent to 70 percent,” said Pat McLaughlin, director of the King County Solid Waste Division.

During the last school year, 75 percent of participating schools achieved recycling rates of at least 40 percent, and 15 percent of those schools reached recycling rates of 60 percent or better.

King County Solid Waste Division’s Green Schools Program, which assists and recognizes individual schools and school districts for reducing garbage, conserving energy, and saving water, has added a fourth level: “Sustaining Green School.”

“For students, teachers, custodians, administrators, and other members of the school community who have joined together to achieve the first three levels of the program, the Sustaining Green School level offers an incentive to sustain and build on their good work,” Alekel said.

To qualify for recognition as a Sustaining Green School, a school selects and completes an additional conservation practice or educational strategy from the program’s Best Practices Guides, while sustaining the conservation strategies the school achieved during the first three levels of the program.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, from 100 schools in 2009-10 to 216 schools (40 percent of the schools in King County outside the City of Seattle) in 2014-15. The program also assists school districts, with 12 districts currently participating. 

These schools in Shoreline are being recognized this month for completing Green School actions and education. 

Level Four Sustaining Green Schools 2014-15
  • The Evergreen School - Shoreline, private school
Level Three schools - Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention
  • Echo Lake Elementary School - Shoreline School District
  • King’s Elementary School - Shoreline, private school
Level Two schools - Energy Conservation
  • St. Luke School - Shoreline, private school
Level One schools - Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School - Shoreline School District 


Anonymous,  June 4, 2015 at 9:36 PM  

I don't know if things have changed since my sons were students at one of these named schools - there was a "Green Team" that was all about recycling :while staff and parents and students were printing, printing, printing: wasting wasting wasting paper. Sending documents to wrong printers, making multiple copies of flyers with misspellings that had to be reprinted...on and on....while they asked us to contribute reams of paper. Give me a break.

Anonymous,  June 4, 2015 at 9:38 PM  

Do you still flush every time you pee? Have you heard there's a drought?

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