King County conservation program honors four Issaquah schools

February 24, 2014

By Administrator

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014

Seven King County schools, including four from the Issaquah School District, were recognized this month by the county’s Green Schools Program for having successful conservation practices.

Students and staff at the seven schools embraced waste reduction, recycling and other conservation actions, program manager Dale Alekel said in a news release.

Three Issaquah elementary schools — Cascade Ridge, Challenger and Endeavour — were given Level 2 recognition for energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices.

Pine Lake Middle School was the lone Level 3 honoree, which includes water and energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling.

Pine Lake received a rainwater collections and drip irrigation system for its gardens from Cascade Water Alliance. In addition, the school promoted water conservation practices through signs and announcements, and achieved a 75-percent recycling rate.

Cascade Ridge, which has decreased its energy use every year since 2010, incorporates energy conservation lessons into its fifth-grade curriculum.

Challenger has designated “Power Rangers,” students who are responsible for turning off classroom lights and computers at the end of the day and when rooms are unoccupied.

Endeavour staff members have been saving energy by using natural light as much as possible, and by turning off computers at the end of each day.

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