Creekside Elementary earns state award for reducing waste

May 3, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 3 p.m. May 3, 2011

Creekside Elementary School is one of 31 schools in Washington to receive money for its “green” programs, the state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday.

The Terry Husseman School Awards program, presented by the Department of Ecology, recognizes schools for their waste reduction efforts, starting new environmental programs, or developing and teaching innovative curricula.

Creekside received a $500 Sustainable School Program Award for its Waste Watchers program. Although the school only opened its doors in September, it already has a “green” team of students who educate their peers about proper waste management and recycling. The team oversees the disposal of food and waste during lunch, and fosters excitement about recycling and composting.

Overall, the Terry Husseman School Awards program has awarded more than $30,500 to schools across the state. Winning schools received prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000.

Recipients plan to use the dollars for composting leftover lunch food for on-site organic gardens, schoolwide recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction and sustainability education, “no-idle” zones and “green” purchasing.

Funding for the program comes from the Waste Reduction, Recycling and Litter Control Account, generated by a tax on industries that sell, manufacture or distribute products and packaging that often becomes litter.

The award is the latest eco honor for Creekside. The school received a coveted Earth Heroes at School award last month.

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