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King County Green Schools Program honors 39 schools for conservation

Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across King County earned recognition in June for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.

“Staff and students at these 39 schools have embraced recycling, reducing waste and other conservation actions, with assistance from the County’s Green Schools Program,” said Dale Alekel, program manager.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, with 100 schools participating in 2009-10, 120 in 2010-11, 154 in 2011-12, and 174 in 2012-13.

The program has three levels which involve students and staff in learning about and practicing conservation of natural resources.

In 2012-13, 21 schools completed Level One by expanding their recycling practices and focusing on waste reduction strategies, such as decreasing paper use, while another 13 schools completed Level Two by engaging in energy conservation actions, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms. Five schools completed Level Three by learning about and engaging in water conservation and pollution prevention practices.

The program assists school districts as well as schools, with 12 districts participating in 2012-13.

The award-winning King County Green Schools Program provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and stickers, and the ongoing support schools need to engage students and staff in conservation actions.

Simple steps such as recycling paper, bottles and cans add up to big benefits. Alekel said most participants report cuts in operating expenses after maintaining successful waste reduction and recycling practices and reducing energy and water use.

In addition to providing schools with the hands-on help they need, the Green Schools Program offers a website, www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools, with helpful tools and resources. King County also provides an elementary school assembly program, classroom workshops and support for student green teams. Schools and districts interested in the Green Schools Program can contact Alekel at dale.alekel@kingcounty.gov.

This spring, 21 schools were recognized as Level One King County Green Schools after they completed waste reduction and recycling actions such as decreasing paper use and improving recycling practices. Another 13 schools completed Level Two by engaging in energy conservation actions and five schools completed Level Three by learning about and engaging in water conservation practices.

The five schools recognized this spring as Level Three King County Green Schools are:

• In Kent School District: Crestwood Elementary School

• In Mercer Island School District: Lakeridge Elementary School

• In Snoqualmie School District: Snoqualmie Elementary School

• In Tahoma School District: Tahoma Middle School

• Private school: The Jewish Day School (Bellevue)

The 13 schools recognized this spring as Level Two King County Green Schools are:

• In Auburn School District: Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School; Lea Hill Elementary School

• In Enumclaw School District: Westwood Elementary School

• In Issaquah School District: Apollo Elementary School; Liberty High School

• In Kent School District: Covington Elementary School; Fairwood Elementary School; Meeker Middle School; and Meridian Middle School

• In Mercer Island School District: West Mercer Elementary School

• Private schools: The Evergreen School (Shoreline); The French American School of Puget Sound (Mercer Island); and Woodinville Montessori School (Woodinville and Bothell)

The 21 schools recognized this spring as Level One King County Green Schools are:

• In Auburn School District: Auburn High School; Gildo Rey Elementary School

• In Federal Way Public Schools: Brigadoon Elementary School; Federal Way High School; Lakota Middle School; Meredith Hill Elementary School; and Silver Lake Elementary School

• In Highline School District: McMicken Heights Elementary School

• In Issaquah School District: Skyline High School

• In Kent School District: Cedar Heights Middle School; Jenkins Creek Elementary School; Kent Mountain View Academy; Kent Phoenix Academy; Kentridge High School; and Northwood Middle School

• In Lake Washington School District: Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

• In Northshore School District: Woodin Elementary School

• In Renton School District: Charles A. Lindbergh High School; Talbot Hill Elementary School

• In Riverview School District: Stillwater Elementary School

• Private school: St. Luke School (Shoreline)

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