Redmond, Wash. - Eastlake High School (EHS) is now a “Green School.” That is a King County designation: a school that is reducing waste, recycling, conserving resources and cutting costs. King County recently recognized eight schools as new “Green Schools,” including Eastlake.
To qualify, EHS began to collect compostable materials in its cafeteria. They promoted waste-free lunches. Students posted signs to encourage both students and staff to recycle. The student Environmental Club created a video about composting. They showed the video at the freshman assembly. The Club also trained 120 Science Honor Society students to monitor cafeteria waste stations. They also informed fellow students about how to sort materials.
Lake Washington School District now has 11 schools designated as “Green Schools”:
- Franklin Elementary (Kirkland)
- Keller Elementary (Kirkland)
- Kirk Elementary (Kirkland)
- Mead Elementary (Sammamish)
- Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Community School (Kirkland)
- Wilder Elementary (Woodinville)
- Environmental & Adventure School (Kirkland)
- Inglewood Middle School (Sammamish)
- International Community School (Kirkland)
- Eastlake High School (Sammamish)
- Juanita High School (Kirkland)
“We have recognized eight schools for their Green School achievements,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program manager. Alekel noted that participating schools are initiating or improving sustainable practices. They encourage students and employees to reduce paper use, reduce food waste, conserve energy and water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” More information on the Green Schools program.
About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.