Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148


5 Schools Go Green

students help spruce up the gardens at Shorewood

King County named this year’s Green Schools, and five of our schools made the list.

King County recognized North Hill Elementary School and Shorewood Elementary School as sustaining Green Schools.  

North Hill Elementary students reduced food waste with a share table where students share unopened food and drinks that they choose not to eat or drink. Students from kindergarten through 3rd grade learned conservation practices and upper grades participated in composting classes. 

Shorewood staff taught lessons on reducing waste in school, specifically in the lunchroom. Students participated in Waste Free Wednesdays in April and performed a skit about Earth Month.

Waskowitz Outdoor School maintained Level One and Two practices and achieved Level Three Green School status this year.  Students learned the importance of conserving water and ways they could conserve water in their routines at home.

“This year we have taken our conservation message to new heights by focusing on climate change. There is a strong connection between conserving water and reducing the effects of climate change,” said Waskowitz Director Roberta McFarland.  “We hope to inspire students who attend our program to continue looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”

McMicken Heights Elementary School and Sylvester Middle School achieved Level Two Green Schools status. Sylvester continued to improve their recycling and waste reduction program. The entire student body learned about climate change and environmental stewardship. Sylvester’s rain garden was improved to include a pollinator and an edible garden. A natural resources class was added to the curriculum.

“In our Natural Resources and Conservation class, students learn about energy resilience and climate change,” Sylvester Principal Gil Parsons explained. “They studied the need for more alternative and renewable forms of energy and how these technologies can help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

In this class students design energy grid/infrastructure models to demonstrate city energy supply using only renewable resources.

McMicken Heights Elementary School focused on reducing carbon footprints through energy conservation and recycling do’s and don’ts.  Student representatives spread the message to staff and students through class presentations, assemblies and modeling recycling during mealtimes.

The King County Green Schools Program helps schools engage students in learning about and practicing resource conservation.