Success story: Tolt Middle School
School Location: Carnation, Washington
Participated in the Green Schools Program: 2002–2003
Waste reduction & recycling
- Tolt reduced its garbage volume by more than 15 tons and saved $3,000 in garbage collection service fees.
- How did they do it? Tolt started to recycle plastic bottles, placed two compost bins in the school's garden, and posted signs encouraging two-sided copying.
- For February and March 2003, Tolt's energy savings totaled $1,195.24, a five percent reduction in cost as compared to the same time period in 2002.
- The heating system in one building was repaired.
- Tolt's custodial staff replaced 42 incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
- An automatic timer was installed on the school's reader board and pole lights.
- Signs were placed on light switches reminding the school community to turn off lights when exiting rooms.
- Tolt purchased 60 cases of recycled-content paper for its copy machine.
- Non-toxic cleaners were purchased and are being used by the custodial staff.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- The Tolt Green Schools team worked to change the school district's policy on idling school buses.
- Riverview School District sent a memo to all school bus drivers instructing them to turn off their engines if their buses are parked outside of schools for longer than 30 seconds. Tolt also hung a sign near its loading dock instructing delivery vendors to turn off their engines while unloading supplies.
Addressing environmental issues in the classroom
- Two Tolt teachers attended a King County workshop on hazardous wastes and included information about hazardous wastes in their 2003-2004 curriculum.
View a copy of Tolt Middle School's completed Green Schools pledge formDownload PDF 107 K.
For more information on Tolt Middle School, contact:
Janet Gavigan, Principal
Tolt Middle School
Selim Uzuner, Custodian
Tolt Middle School
John Mark, Maintenance Supervisor
Riverview School District