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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.
Washington Green Schools offers programs that advance sustainability in schools.
Green Schools Certification
The Certification program guides and supports students, teachers, and school communities to complete environmental action projects on campus. To earn certification, schools form Green Teams and tackle projects in one of six environmental categories: Waste & Recycling, School Grounds & Gardens, Energy, Water, Transportation, and Healthy School Buildings. Certified Schools earn flags and other awards and receive statewide recognition for their efforts. Schools can even recertify in previous environmental categories to gain additional rewards
With grant funding from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WGS is training teachers across the state in climate science and the Next Generation Science Standards in collaboration with local climate scientists and the state’s Education Service Districts. Teachers in ClimEd receive resources and support to integrate climate science into their classrooms. Students will strengthen their scientific skills and build knowledge about climate change and its local impacts.
Zombie Guacamole is a Washington Green Schools’ 5th grade science curriculum driven by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Featuring local phenomenon and a hands-on “Race to Decomposition”, the unit uses the Ambitious Science Teaching framework. Created with support from Seattle Public Schools, Zombie Guacamole teaches students about the science of decomposition, the cycling of matter and energy in ecosystems, food waste and its impacts, and how to reduce waste at home and at school.
Energy Matters is an 8th-grade science unit that addresses Next Generation Science Standards and was developed in partnership with Everett Public Schools. Over the course of this flexible unit, students learn about the science of energy, energy sources and their related impacts, and the importance of conservation and efficiency. As a capstone activity, students complete a school energy audit and action project to reduce energy use at school. Connections with local energy professionals enhance the learning and introduce students to careers in STEM.
Green Medalists are individuals or groups who have shown leadership in sustainability within their school community, inclusion by valuing others and making them feel welcome, and resilience through continual action despite obstacles and setbacks. Green Medalists may not have yet certified in an environmental category or participated in a Student Summit, but they are committed to making their school a healthier and greener place to learn. Green Medalist nominations open in the winter and are announced in the spring.