Schools emphasize habits that reduce waste during Earth Day

Lake Washington is a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education. Schools around the district encourage students to actively participate in sustainable practices with special events in April to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Groundbreaking ceremony at Peter Kirk Elementary School

We are Peter Kirk!” Students sang enthusiastically during the ceremonial groundbreaking for Peter Kirk Elementary School on March 30. The new building will house 690 students and is expected to open in September 2019.

Love the Environment, Ride Your Bike, be Healthy

As Earth Day approaches, Rose Hill Elementary staff, alumni and community members took a moment to honor a former teacher, who was also a strong advocate for protecting our environment. Cass Avery was a teacher at Rose Hill Elementary for over 10 years.

School Library Month in LWSD

Throughout April, librarians across the district will hold special events in celebration of School Library Month.




Earth Heros at School

Lake Washington School District has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Lake Washington is a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education in the region. The district won a 2015 McKinstry Champions of Sustainability award.

District efforts focus on three interconnected goal areas:

  • Student Learning
  • Professional Learning
  • Resource Conservation

Student Learning

Provide sustainability instruction to all students. Students learn through instruction on conservation and natural resources in science, social studies and other areas. Support and encourage school participation in programs like Washington Green Schools and Sustainability Ambassadors.

Green Schools in LWSD

Elementary SchoolsMiddle SchoolsHigh Schools
Level 1 Green Schools
  • Blackwell Elementary
  • Carson Elementary
  • Kirk Elementary
  • Lakeview Elementary
  • Mead Elementary
  • Muir Elementary
  • Rose Hill Elementary
Level 2 Green Schools
  • Keller Elementary
Level 4 Green Schools
  • Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School
Level 1 Green Schools
  • Environmental & Adventure School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Kirkland Middle School
  • Redmond Middle School
  • Rose Hill Middle School
Level 2 Green Schools
Level 1 Green SchoolsLevel 2 Green Schools
  • Tesla STEM High School

Professional Learning

Help teachers deepen their knowledge of sustainability instruction and problem-based learning. Support and encourage participation in professional learning through programs and partnerships. Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), Cascade Water Alliance and Sustainability Ambassadors are examples.

Genevieve Menino, JHS teacher

Genevieve Menino, a teacher at Juanita High School participated in an
eight day placement with the King County Environmental Health Services
team as part of the WABS STEM externship program.

Resource Conservation

Provide a resource and utility management program. Its purpose is to:
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Reduce waste
  • Educate students and staff to save energy
  • Use sustainable building and maintenance practices

Resource Conservation Management Activities in LWSD

Recycle symbol

Electricity and natural gas symbols

Water symbol

Partner with King County Green Schools
"Right size" dumpsters and hauling
Use durable cafeteria materials

Align occupancy schedules
Standardize temperatures
Regulate break schedules
Optimize controls
Leverage capital projects and maintenance practices

Reduce irrigation
Install high efficiency plumbing fixtures
Use low water cleaning procedures