King County honors 11 ‘green’ Issaquah district schools

June 16, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 3 p.m. June 16, 2011

Thanks to the “green” conservation work of staff and students, King County Green Schools Program is honoring 11 schools in the Issaquah School District.

In total, the county will honor 77 schools across the country, including the 11 schools in Issaquah.

The three-level Green Schools Program provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and signs and website tools to schools. In addition to the Green Schools Program, King County provides an elementary school assembly program, classroom workshops and support for student “green” teams.

The program has saved schools and the district money from successful waste reduction and recycling programs and reducing energy and water use.

Seven schools in the district have achieved Level 1 status, including Apollo, Cougar Ridge, Issaquah Valley, Sunny Hills and Sunset elementary schools, Pacific Cascade Middle School and Issaquah High School. Level 1 schools focus on waste reduction and recycling.

Two schools in the district achieved Level 2, including Creekside and Newcastle elementary schools, after students and teachers targeted energy conservation.

The other two schools completed Level 3, including Issaquah Middle School and Liberty High School, after students and teachers worked on water conservation.

“Thanks to support from King County Green Schools and city of Issaquah, the students and staff at these 11 schools understand why conservation is important and are doing a great job conserving natural resources and dollars,” John Macartney, Issaquah School District’s resource conservation manager, said in a news release.

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