Nominate schools’ ‘green’ achievements for King County honor

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The awards program aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens. Issaquah School District campuses typically perform well in the awards.

The program encourages self-nominations. Or, colleagues, classmates and the public can nominate potential Earth Heroes. Find nomination forms and the list of 2012 winners at http://1.usa.gov/y5Hpzf. Call 206-296-4477 to learn more.

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State gives Issaquah School District campuses ‘green’ thumbs up

July 31, 2012

Creekside Elementary School Principal Robin Earl discusses the then-new school building prior to its opening in 2010. Visible behind her are the high windows that help cut back on the use of electric lighting. File

Local schools are no stranger to environmental awards, but the Issaquah School District was pleasantly surprised July 23 when two of its schools were honored by the state for their “green” leadership.

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Schools, Issaquah School District win Earth Heroes at School Awards

May 8, 2012

Renee De Tolla, Ashley Hirst and Leslie Lederman (from left), of Grand Ridge Elementary School, pose with King County Executive Dow Constantine at April 26’s Earth Heroes award ceremony. By Ned Ahrens/King County Department of Transportation

The Issaquah School District’s green side was on display recently when it received several environmental honors from King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Nominate ‘green’ activities for King County honor

January 31, 2012

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The award aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens.

The program encourages self-nominations, but colleagues, classmates and the general public can also nominate Earth Heroes. Find nomination forms and the list of 2011 winners at the Solid Waste Division website, http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/index.asp. Or call 206-296-4477 to learn more.

Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 24. The county plans to announce honorees in April.

Creekside Elementary earns state award for reducing waste

May 3, 2011

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.

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County honors district schools as Earth Heroes

April 12, 2011

King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student and a staff member from the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.

The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees March 30.

“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”

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Off the Press

April 5, 2011

Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job

My grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she’ll whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a marble pound cake, box it and mail it across the whole county, straight to me.

Laura Geggel Press reporter

Her famous kiffles — thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly — always disappear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise.

For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn’t know what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it wasn’t often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents.

Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with packaging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, another helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done.

Now that I have a venue to recycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could recycle other things, like plastic bags, cellphones or alkaline batteries.

It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything.

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County honors Issaquah district schools as Earth Heroes

March 30, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 30, 2011

King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student, and a staff member from across the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.

The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees Wednesday.

“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”

Grand Ridge Elementary recorded a 35-percent recycling rate last year.

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Honor eco-savvy students, teachers as Earth Heroes

January 11, 2011

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The award aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens. Read more

Honor eco-savvy students, teachers as Earth Heroes

January 8, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The award aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens.

The program is offered through the county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division.

“King County wants to recognize the schools and individuals at those institutions that play a vital role in teaching our youth about the importance of environmental stewardship,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

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