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1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

School Stories

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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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Green Teams in Action: Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy

To understand the emphasis that Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy puts on sustainability, you need perspective on where the school is located. Just ten minutes from the Nisqually Entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, Columbia Crest is nested amongst thick foliage and sits at the base of our state’s tallest mountain.  The school has made a deliberate […]
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Green Teams in Action: Three Rivers Homelink

Three Rivers Homelink is a pioneer in the Tri Cities green schools movement: This spring, they had the distinction of being the first Washington Green School in Richland County to achieve certification. Their waste management system made composting and recycling mainstream in the cafeteria, and they even installed a refill station to keep plastic disposable bottles […]
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In the News: The Green Police

In Seattle Public Schools, kids are skipping recess and heading for their cafeteria's waste stations. For these young leaders, being on Green Team isn't just about teaching their school what is recyclable and compostable - it's about building a better future for our planet. Seattle's Child put together an inspiring feature on the Green Teams district-wide working hard to environmental sustainability to their schools. For the full article, visit their website.
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