Green Schools Program
The King County Green Schools Program is here to assist student teams, teachers, and other school and district staff members during COVID-19 school facility closures. As students, teachers, and other staff members adapt to new learning environments, we are adapting with you to provide easy-to-use tools and information to support your sustainability education and actions. Our virtual programs offer places to learn, receive support, connect, and build community.
Focus of 2020-21 virtual programs:
- Student learning about sustainability.
- Student and student team sustainability actions at home and in their communities.
- Collaboration between students, teachers, and other school community members.
Program participants: Watch for program newsletters and emails inviting you to register for webinars, virtual gatherings, and more. And our program representatives are available by phone and email to provide assistance and support.
Student Green Teams will have the opportunity to earn recognition to honor their work. While we will not offer program level recognition (Level One, Level Two, Level Three, and Sustaining level), education and actions in 2020-21 can count toward school and district recognition in a future year.
Join the 14 school districts and more than 300 schools that have received assistance from the program, improved their conservation practices, involved students in conservation and outreach efforts, and received recognition!
Check out the success stories about schools and districts that have completed program levels.
All schools and school districts in King County will practice resource conservation and engage their students and staff in environmental stewardship.
To provide King County schools and school districts with tools and support needed to
- initiate and expand waste reduction and recycling practices and other conservation actions.
- involve the whole school community in environmental stewardship.
- operate environmentally efficient and responsible facilities.
The program is sponsored by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division.
Eligible schools and school districts
Public and private K - 12 schools and school districts in King County, outside of the City of Seattle, are eligible to participate.
What schools and districts are saying about the Green Schools Program
"Thank YOU for being so accommodating and easy to work with. We all really appreciate your work to break things down for us so that we can achieve Level One status." – Ann Torres, principal, Parkwood Elementary School, Shoreline School District
"I appreciate the support you offer and the excellent resources available through the King County Green Schools website." – Andrea Wolfe, 4th Grade teacher, Apollo Elementary, Issaquah School District
"I so appreciate the level of respect and understanding King County Green Schools Program gives to our custodial staff. Their buy-in is critical to growing and maintaining a sustainable program." – Patrick Amato, custodial manager, Renton School District
Equity & social justice
The King County Green Schools Program is committed to equity and social justice, and these values guide and shape the program. The program’s mission is to educate, assist, and motivate all school communities in our service area to initiate and expand conservation practices, involve their entire school communities in environmental stewardship, and operate environmentally responsible facilities. The program is working to identify and eliminate any barriers to participation and to ensure equitable allocation of resources. We seek to be responsive, inclusive, collaborative, people-focused, adaptive, and racially, culturally, and economically just by building and maintaining positive partnerships with diverse and underserved schools and districts.
Earth Day activities
Earth Day, April 22, is an opportunity to focus on protecting the Earth's resources. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about natural resources and taking action to make a positive difference in your school and community. The Earth Day activity guideDownload PDF 350 K 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.