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Program application forms

School Application FormDownload Microsoft Word document 600 K

School District Application FormDownload Microsoft Word document 600 K

Program fliers

Green Schools Program FlierDownload PDF 160 K

Green Schools Program certificates of recognition

In response to feedback from schools, instead of printing and mailing certificates for individual students, staff and volunteers, the Green Schools Program is providing the following two "fill-able PDF" certificate forms.

Full-page certificateDownload PDF 211 K
See printing instructions on the Certificates of Recognition page.

Six certificates per pageDownload PDF 710 K
See printing instructions on the Certificates of Recognition page.

Waste reduction and recycling

Level One – Best Practices Guide for SchoolsDownload Microsoft Word document 475 K

Level One - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

Recycling Containers for King County Schools Download Microsoft Word document 200 K
Containers and equipment offered by KCDA that are frequently used by schools for indoor collection of recyclable materials.

Recycling StickersDownload PDF 271 K
Recycling stickers provided by the King County Green Schools Program for participants.

How to Calculate a School’s Recycling Rate by Measuring Indoor Containers Download Microsoft Word document 60 K
Determine your school’s garbage and recycling volume by assessing indoor garbage and recycling containers. Worksheet is for schools that share outdoor garbage or recycling dumpsters with other schools or facilities.

Custodial Garbage/Recycling Tracking FormDownload PDF 143 K
Tracks the amount of garbage and recyclables collected throughout the school.

Food Scrap Assessment Form Download Microsoft Word document 70 K

Communication Cycle Download Microsoft Word document 165 K
List of ways to promote the importance of recycling and waste reduction and to explain what materials can be recycled

Fast Facts about Waste Reduction and RecyclingDownload PDF 60 K
“Fast facts” for PA announcements, emails, school newsletters and other publications to educate students and staff about the benefits of waste reduction and recycling.

Waste Reduction and Recycling "Quiz Show" QuestionsDownload PDF 57 K
The quiz show can be used at a school assembly, in a school lunchroom or in a classroom.

Sample PA Announcements about Recycling Download Microsoft Word document 25 K

Sample Staff Email about Recycling Download Microsoft Word document 25 K

Tours at Regional Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reuse Facilities Download Microsoft Word document 80 K
List of businesses and organizations that provide field trip opportunities for K-12 schools.

End Unwanted Newspaper and Magazine SubscriptionsDownload PDF 52 K
Three simple steps to reduce waste and save time by canceling or reducing unwanted subscriptions.

End of School Year Check List CalendarDownload PDF 68 K

On-call Summer Garbage CollectionDownload PDF 38 K
Set your garbage service to ‘on-call’ to save money and resources.

Organize a School Supply Swap DayDownload PDF 30 K
Five steps to organize a school supply swap day for students and teachers.

Have a “Zero Waste” Locker Cleanout!Download PDF 39 K
Follow this simple step-by-step plan for cutting down on end of the year student waste.

How to Care for your Worm Bin over the SummerDownload PDF 40 K
Four easy steps to ensure that your worms have a safe home and are ready for a new group of students in the fall.

Sample End of Year Principal EmailDownload PDF 29 K
Reminder for staff to keep recycling bins at school over the summer.

Food Donation Guidelines from Food Lifeline and Northwest HarvestDownload PDF 47 K

Food Donations with Food Lifeline and Northwest HarvestDownload PDF 39 K
Three steps to donate leftover edible food.

Food Donation Success StoryDownload PDF 31 K
Federal Way, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Northshore and Shoreline school districts along with Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline

Clear Plastic Bag Vendors Download Microsoft Word document 100 K
Information about the types and costs of clear plastic bags for use in school recycling programs. Also provides contact information for KCDA (the purchasing cooperative used by local school districts) and other clear plastic bag vendors.

Foam Soap Dispensers Save Issaquah School District Money While Protecting the EnvironmentDownload PDF 80 K
By replacing liquid soap dispensers with foam soap, the Issaquah School District has managed to create less waste, save water, save time and save money for the district.

Fundraising Ideas Related to Recycling Download Microsoft Word document 600 K
List of programs that can be used to raise school funds.

Polystyrene FactsDownload PDF 48 K
Summarizes current polystyrene research and lists durable and compostable lunch trays

Printer Cartridge Recycling Vendors Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
This guide lists a few local companies that will recycle or refill printer cartridges.

Recycling Old Plastic Garbage and Recycling Containers Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
List of recycling companies that provide collection services for unusable plastic recycling and trash containers.

Textbook Reuse and Recycling Options Download Microsoft Word document 70 K
List of businesses and organization that accept books for reuse and/or recycling.

Energy conservation

Energy Conservation - Best Practices Guide for Schools Download Microsoft Word document 400 K

Energy Conservation - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 125 K

School Energy InformationDownload PDF 422 K
School energy information compiled by Puget Sound Energy for the King County Green Schools Program

School Building Benchmark SurveyDownload PDF 110 K
Energy benchmarking data from PSE

Federal Way Public Schools Energy Use Procedures Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
Energy conservation policies and procedures for Federal Way public schools.

Environmental education

Environmental Education - School Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 125 K

Environmental Education - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 125 K

Earth Day activity guideDownload PDF 350 K
Educate students and staff about natural resources and promote conservation practices; the guide includes educational and promotional campaigns, community and stewardship activities, competitions, and field trips, with links to other guides, sample pledge forms, documentary movies, and more.

Gardening Resources for SchoolsDownload PDF 58 K
School gardens provide students with fresh produce for snacks and lunches, opportunities for hands-on learning about food and plant systems, and increased physical activity as they prepare, plant and weed garden beds. Locate resources and grants for school gardens, and learn about edible, native plant and rain gardens.

Grant and Award Opportunities ListDownload PDF 150 K
List of grants and awards available to schools.

Environmental purchasing

Environmental Purchasing - School Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

Environmental Purchasing - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

Beverage Vendor Requirements Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
Provides a list of requirements for school district beverage vendors

Polystyrene FactsDownload PDF 48 K
Summarizes current polystyrene research and lists durable and compostable lunch trays

Recycled Paper Options Download Microsoft Word document 80 K
Lists recycled paper types and brands, and compare recycled and virgin paper prices

Printer Cartridge Recycling Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
List of local companies that refill printer cartridges

Sample Environmental Purchasing Policy Download Microsoft Word document 60 K
Environmental purchasing policy from The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

School Supply Purchasing Letter for Parents Download Microsoft Word document 30 K
Letter to parents at The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

King County Procurement Contracts Download Microsoft Word document 40 K
King County school districts may use contracts negotiated by King County and Washington State for recycled content products, refurbished furniture, and other environmentally-friendly products

Green building

Green Building - School and School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 150 K

Healthy Schools

Healthy Schools - School Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

Healthy Schools - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 50 K

Litter reduction

Litter Reduction - School Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 300 K

Litter Reduction - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

Caring for Our Environment: CurriculumDownload PDF 45 K
A cross curriculum environmental education unit which incorporates social studies, health and physical education, English, mathematics, arts and environmental education.

Summary of Litter Research Download Microsoft Word document 50 K
Summary of research on littering and litter reduction in schools

Sustaining green school

Sustaining Green School – Level Four – Best Practices Guide for Schools Download Microsoft Word document 550 K

Transportation choices

Transportation Choices - School Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 250 K

Transportation Choices - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 100 K

A Study of Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (LUTAQH) in King County, WADownload PDF 27 K Executive Summary, Sept. 27, 2005
Written to help guide the distribution of resources in King County as it works to reduce automobile dependency, increase transportation efficiency, improve air quality, and improve the health of county residents.

Water conservation

Water Conservation - Best Practices Guide for Schools Download Microsoft Word document 500 K

Water Conservation - School District Criteria Download Microsoft Word document 120 K

King County Green Schools Program best practices workshop

Powerpoint presentations from May 21, 2009 workshop

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Waste Reduction SessionDownload PDF 2.3 MB

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Recycling SessionDownload PDF 2.4 MB

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Food Scrap Recycling SessionDownload PDF 428 K

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Cedar Grove Composting SessionDownload PDF 1.9 MB

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: On-Site Composting SessionDownload PDF 746 K

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Beyond WRR SessionDownload PDF 2.2 MB

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: School Energy Information SessionDownload PDF 456 K

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