Best practices guide
Schools and school districts are recognized after they complete Level Three criteria, which includes maintaining Level One waste reduction and recycling practices. If desired, your school may work toward and receive Level Three - Water Conservation recognition before Level Two - Energy Conservation.
Use the best practices guide for a list of recognition requirements for Level Three. Fill out this school recognition form* once your school meets the criteria.
*You can complete the form in multiple sessions by selecting the "Save" button on the bottom right. You'll receive a link in your email to continue filling out the form. Once the form is complete, select the "Submit" button.
School District Recognition
Level Three tools
Download and print these water conservation tools:
- Water conservation announcements
- Water conservation facts
- Pledge to Conserve Water and Reduce Water Pollution
- Fact vs Fiction – water conservation and pollution prevention PowerPoint presentation
Download and print these signs. Participating schools may request color copies by emailing: GreenSchools@cplusc.com.
Sign: "Turn off the faucet":
Water flow bags
Staff and students can use the water flow bags to find out if water faucets need to be modified to reduce water flow to conserve water. Participating schools can request water flow bags from their King County representative or by emailing GreenSchools@kingcounty.gov.
Resources from other organizations
Cascade Water Alliance
The Cascade Water Alliance is an association of water districts and cities providing these services to schools in its service area: water conservation recommendations, irrigation audits and rebates, faucet aerators, rain barrels and rain cisterns, and classroom workshops. Service area: Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Skyway, and Tukwila.
Saving Water Partnership
Partnership of water utilities providing these services to schools in its service area: water conservation trainings, audits and rebates. Partners: Cedar River Water and Sewer District; City of Bothell; City of Duvall; City of Mercer Island; City of Renton; Coal Creek Utility District; Highline Water District; Northshore Utility District; Northshore Water District; Olympic View Water & Sewer District; Seattle Public Utilities; Soos Creek Water and Sewer District; Water District 20 (Burien); Water District 45 (Seattle); Water District 49 (Burien); Water District 90 (Renton); Water District 119 (Duvall); Water District 125 (Seattle); and Woodinville Water District.
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
- Rain cistern vendors and info
- K-12 education programs about wastewater and storm water
- Stormwater Runoff Education Resource Guide - Secondary
- Wastewater educational programs
Visit Eco-School's website for tips about water conservation and case studies of schoolyard water systems
National Wildlife Federation
Visit National Wildlife Federation's website for educational resources on nature and wildlife.
Use this Water Footprint Calculator to calculate and understand your water footprint. Or estimate your household's water use with this water calculator by the Alliance for Water Efficiency.