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King County Green Schools Program is here to support student teams, teachers, and other school and district staff members virtually 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 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.
  • Student leadership, initiative, advocacy, and creativity will be encouraged.

Virtual programs

  • Webinars for Green Team advisors, teachers, and others in the school community. See right column for past recorded webinars. Information about the April 29 webinar is posted below.
  • Virtual gatherings to facilitate connections with Green Team leaders and teachers within and across districts. Participants can learn and also inspire others by sharing information, challenges, and successes. Registration information about upcoming gatherings will be posted at the bottom of this page.
  • Podcast episodes with tips for student Green Teams, interviews with Green Team leaders and sustainability experts, and local sustainability highlights. Subscribe, listen, or download show notes now!

Webinar on environmental justice: April 29 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a panel discussion with three regional leaders in social justice, environmental justice, and sustainability. Panelists are listed below. Secondary school students, teachers, other school employees, and district employees are welcome.

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the webinar.

  • Emily Pinckney (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium) serves on the Washington State Environmental Justice Task Force, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, 500 Women Scientists, and Tacoma Urban League Young Professionals. Policy, STEAM accessibility, youth involvement, and education are the focus of her work.
  • Orian Grant (Black Star Farmers) shares knowledge of sustainable design and permaculture through an urban farming coalition led by and supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
  • Neli Jasuja (Young Women Empowered) is passionate about working at the intersections of environmental, racial, and social justice within community, healing with the land, growing food, and stewarding our environment with young people.

Earth Month Sustainability Scavenger Hunt Challenge on GooseChase

Every day through April 30 at least two sustainability "missions" - including trivia questions, photo challenges, and action steps - will be released. All missions stay active and available through April 30, so it's easy to "catch up."

Students and Green Teams (grades 4 - 12) as well as family members can learn about sustainability and earn points by answering questions, taking photos, and completing challenges.

Players can work solo, with family members, or with school teams. The Challenge can be played on any Google or Apple device such as mobile phone, Tablet, or Chromebook.

To participate:

  1. Download the free GooseChase app at Google Play or the App Store
  2. Create an account or log in as a guest
  3. Enter game code M4711X or search for King County Green Schools Earth Month Challenge
  4. Select or create your team. Teams can have a single member.

Congratulations to the student teams who participated in the Fall 2020 Challenge and submitted over 200 individual submissions.
The five King County Green Teams from the schools listed below ended the fall 2020 Challenge with the most submissions.

  • Bothell High School (Northshore School District)
  • Tahoma High School (Tahoma School District)
  • Valley Christian School (Private school)
  • Summit Trail Middle School (Tahoma School District)
  • Timberline Middle School (Lake Washington School District)

 Green Team Activities

Monthly Green Team Activities For your Green Team or class, use the activities, videos, and other resources posted below. Activities can be used asynchronously via email or community boards, or synchronously in virtual meetings.


After each webinar, a link to the recorded webinar will be posted below.

Episodes feature interviews with student Green Teams and environmental leaders, highlight local sustainability successes, share activities for Green Teams and classes, and more!

Subscribe, listen, or download show notes now!

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Fax: 206-296-0197

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