Program Updates

Chelan Middle/High School: Chelan MS/HS: After our post implementation audit, we estimated a 50-60% reduction in waste thanks to a school-wide recycling/composting program. This includes a 75% increase in recycling/composting of appropriate items. Dozens of hungry families every week are also benefiting from the food share box, where students drop off unwanted whole food items. We now hope to decrease the number of days of trash pick-up and save $$$! 95% of our our middle school and 20% of the high school has been directly involved in the project implementation. - Jan 27, 2015

West Seattle Elementary: We just joined the program! - Jan 23, 2015

Seattle Country Day School: We were just awarded level 1 status! - Jan 23, 2015


Who We are

Washington Green Schools is a nonprofit program supported by government agencies, individuals, businesses and foundations. Its robust educational resources are available to all public and private K-12 schools in Washington state.


How It Works

Schools form Green Teams that include students, staff, administrators, and sometimes parents. Working towards certification, Green Teams choose to tackle a project from a program category, then complete assessments, take action to make a lasting change, and measure their results. Certified schools receive recognition for their efforts and become part of the growing network of Washington Green Schools across the state.


Our Mission

Washington Green Schools challenges students and communities to create a sustainable region through educational experiences that transform school environments.


Our Vision

Every school in Washington will teach, model, and practice environmental sustainability, serving as centers for change throughout the region.



2014 - E3 Green Apple Award for State Nonprofit/Community Organization

2013 - John Stanford Award for Educational Excellence from Forterra

2011 - Washington State Recycler of the Year from the WA State Recycling Association

2010 - Organizational Excellence from the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW).



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