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School Stories

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Narrows View Intermediate Builds Green Leadership

The sixth graders at Narrows View Intermediate wanted to leave behind a legacy for their classmates. And they turned to their school grounds for inspiration. Their campus already had a robust rain garden, but it wasn’t integrated into the student learning experience. Kids wanted more time outdoors – and educators wanted a out-of-classroom space with […]
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Health & Environmental Impact: Rethinking School Lunches

In late September, Washington Green Schools, Oregon Green Schools, and Friends of the Earth hosted the first Greening School Food Symposium in the Northwest.  More than 60 attendees, including nutrition services directors, school district leaders, and agency partners convened to learn how to reduce climate impacts and save money, while feeding students healthy fresh and […]
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Green Team Inspiration: Lakota Middle School

“We’re making a difference here at Lakota – and now I want to make a difference for the rest of the world.” The sentiments of 7th-grader Chyanna provide a snapshot of what’s possible when these middle schoolers put their mind to something.  With a campus located less than 2 miles from the Puget Sound, The […]
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Green Teams in Action: Lakota Middle School

The Lakota Middle School students took charge for one of our state’s cornerstone species this spring. After carefully tending to salmon eggs in the classroom and seeing them through the hatching stage, they released them into the wild. This is when they learned about the impact that a polluted Puget Sound can have on their beloved species […]
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Green Teams in Action: La Center High School

How do a deep-fried treats and a green campus-wide transportation plan relate to one another? Just ask the students at La Center High School.  This team of teenagers is thinking big. They don’t want to reduce emissions on campus – they want to completely offset them. This autumn, the team developed a long-term plan to transition La […]
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Green Teams in Action: Jackson High School

How do you get 2,000 students to make smarter transportation choices? This was the ‘big picture’ question that the kids at Jackson High School in Everett tackled this year.  After witnessing the amount of idling that was impacting their air quality on campus everyday, the Environmental Systems Design class decided to take action. The students created […]
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Green Teams in Action: Green Lake Elementary

“If we are a green school we can stay green and keep the Earth happy!” Coffee grounds composting, bat house building, Alphabet Garden planning, worm bin tending, cafeteria recycling — The concept of “idle hands” isn’t something that the students at Green Lake Elementary are familiar with.  This Green Team of young leaders keeps busy […]
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Green Teams in Action: Frontier Middle School

“Switch it off!” became a common catchphrase at Frontier Middle School this year. Thanks to the leadership of some tenacious 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, this Vancouver-area school is making smarter decisions to conserve energy everyday. After conducting an audit, the Green Team realized that their school had a major problem about keeping lights and […]
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In the News: Earth Day at B.F. Day Elementary

This Earth Day, we spent the afternoon creating an ADA-accessible learning garden at B.F. Day Elementary in Seattle. Six new raised beds will grow fresh produce for the school community, and a compost bin will be used to manage organic waste and provide real-life food cycle lessons. Enjoy the video that Sounders FC put together […]
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