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Documents

Program application forms

School Application Form (Microsoft Word® Document, 615 K)

School District Application Form (Microsoft Word® Document, 604 K)

Program fliers

Green Schools Program Flier (PDF, 160 K)

Green Schools Certificates of Recognition

In response to feedback from schools, instead of printing and mailing certificates for individual students, staff and volunteers, the Green Schools Program is providing the following two "fill-able PDF" certificate forms.

Full-page certificate (PDF, 211 K)
See printing instructions on the Certificates of Recognition page.

Six certificates per page (PDF, 710 K)
See printing instructions on the Certificates of Recognition page.

Waste reduction and recycling

Level One – Best Practices Guide for Schools (Microsoft Word® Document, 474 K)

Level One - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 114 K)

Recycling Containers for King County Schools (Microsoft Word® Document, 198 K)
Containers and equipment offered by KCDA that are frequently used by schools for indoor collection of recyclable materials.

Recycling Stickers (PDF, 271 K)
Recycling stickers provided by the King County Green Schools Program for participants.

How to Calculate a School’s Recycling Rate by Measuring Indoor Containers (Microsoft Word® Document, 61 K)
Determine your school’s garbage and recycling volume by assessing indoor garbage and recycling containers. Worksheet is for schools that share outdoor garbage or recycling dumpsters with other schools or facilities.

Custodial Garbage/Recycling Tracking Form (PDF, 143 K)
Tracks the amount of garbage and recyclables collected throughout the school.

Food Scrap Assessment Form (Microsoft Word® Document, 70 K)

Communication Cycle (Microsoft Word® Document, 165 K)
List of ways to promote the importance of recycling and waste reduction and to explain what materials can be recycled

Fast Facts about Waste Reduction and Recycling (PDF, 60 K)
“Fast facts” for PA announcements, emails, school newsletters and other publications to educate students and staff about the benefits of waste reduction and recycling.

Waste Reduction and Recycling "Quiz Show" Questions (PDF, 57 K)
The quiz show can be used at a school assembly, in a school lunchroom or in a classroom.

Sample PA Announcements about Recycling (Microsoft Word® Document, 27 K)

Sample Staff Email about Recycling (Microsoft Word® Document, 27 K)

Tours at Regional Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reuse Facilities (Microsoft Word® Document, 81 K)
List of businesses and organizations that provide field trip opportunities for K-12 schools.

End Unwanted Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions (PDF, 52 K)
Three simple steps to reduce waste and save time by canceling or reducing unwanted subscriptions.

End of School Year Check List Calendar (PDF, 68 K)

On-call Summer Garbage Collection (PDF, 38 K)
Set your garbage service to ‘on-call’ to save money and resources.

Organize a School Supply Swap Day (PDF, 30 K)
Five steps to organize a school supply swap day for students and teachers.

Have a “Zero Waste” Locker Cleanout! (PDF, 39 K)
Follow this simple step-by-step plan for cutting down on end of the year student waste.

How to Care for your Worm Bin over the Summer (PDF, 40 K)
Four easy steps to ensure that your worms have a safe home and are ready for a new group of students in the fall.

Sample End of Year Principal Email (PDF, 29 K)
Reminder for staff to keep recycling bins at school over the summer.

Food Donation Guidelines from Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest (PDF, 47 K)

Food Donations with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest (PDF, 39 K)
Three steps to donate leftover edible food.

Food Donation Success Story (PDF, 31 K)
Federal Way, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Northshore and Shoreline school districts along with Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline

Clear Plastic Bag Vendors (Microsoft Word® Document, 92 K)
Information about the types and costs of clear plastic bags for use in school recycling programs. Also provides contact information for KCDA (the purchasing cooperative used by local school districts) and other clear plastic bag vendors.

Foam Soap Dispensers Save Issaquah School District Money While Protecting the Environment (PDF, 80 K)
By replacing liquid soap dispensers with foam soap, the Issaquah School District has managed to create less waste, save water, save time and save money for the district.

Fundraising Ideas Related to Recycling (Microsoft Word® Document, 607 K)
List of programs that can be used to raise school funds.

Polystyrene Facts (PDF, 48 K)
Summarizes current polystyrene research and lists durable and compostable lunch trays

Printer Cartridge Recycling Vendors (Microsoft Word® Document, 54 K)
This guide lists a few local companies that will recycle or refill printer cartridges.

Recycling Old Plastic Garbage and Recycling Containers (Microsoft Word® Document, 47 K)
List of recycling companies that provide collection services for unusable plastic recycling and trash containers.

Textbook Reuse and Recycling Options (Microsoft Word® Document, 67 K)
List of businesses and organization that accept books for reuse and/or recycling.

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Energy conservation

Energy Conservation - Best Practices Guide for Schools (Microsoft Word® Document, 402 K)

Energy Conservation - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 127 K)

School Energy Information (PDF, 422 K)
School energy information compiled by Puget Sound Energy for the King County Green Schools Program

School Building Benchmark Survey (PDF, 110 K)
Energy benchmarking data from PSE

Federal Way Public Schools Energy Use Procedures (Microsoft Word® Document, 47 K)
Energy conservation policies and procedures for Federal Way public schools.

Environmental education

Environmental Education - School Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 124 K)

Environmental Education - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 127 K)

Earth Day activity guide (PDF, 350 K)
Educate students and staff about natural resources and promote conservation practices; the guide includes educational and promotional campaigns, community and stewardship activities, competitions, and field trips, with links to other guides, sample pledge forms, documentary movies, and more.

Gardening Resources for Schools (PDF, 58 K)
School gardens provide students with fresh produce for snacks and lunches, opportunities for hands-on learning about food and plant systems, and increased physical activity as they prepare, plant and weed garden beds. Locate resources and grants for school gardens, and learn about edible, native plant and rain gardens.

Grant and Award Opportunities List (PDF, 150 K)
List of grants and awards available to schools.

Environmental purchasing

Environmental Purchasing - School Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 109 K)

Environmental Purchasing - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 110 K)

Beverage Vendor Requirements (Microsoft Word® Document, 45 K)
Provides a list of requirements for school district beverage vendors

Polystyrene Facts (PDF, 48 K)
Summarizes current polystyrene research and lists durable and compostable lunch trays

Recycled Paper Options (Microsoft Word® Document, 80 K)
Lists recycled paper types and brands, and compare recycled and virgin paper prices

Printer Cartridge Recycling (Microsoft Word® Document, 54 K)
List of local companies that refill printer cartridges

Sample Environmental Purchasing Policy (Microsoft Word® Document, 63 K)
Environmental purchasing policy from The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

School Supply Purchasing Letter for Parents (Microsoft Word® Document, 31 K)
Letter to parents at The Evergreen School, a private school in Shoreline, Washington and a Green Schools Program participant

King County Procurement Contracts (Microsoft Word® Document, 43 K)
King County school districts may use contracts negotiated by King County and Washington State for recycled content products, refurbished furniture, and other environmentally-friendly products

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Green building

Green Building - School and School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 145 K)

Healthy Schools

Healthy Schools - School Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 93 K)

Healthy Schools - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 46 K)

Litter reduction

Litter Reduction - School Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 307 K)

Litter Reduction - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 112 K)

Caring for Our Environment: Curriculum (PDF, 45 K)
A cross curriculum environmental education unit which incorporates social studies, health and physical education, English, mathematics, arts and environmental education.

Summary of Litter Research (Microsoft Word® Document, 51 K)
Summary of research on littering and litter reduction in schools

Sustaining Green School

Sustaining Green School – Best Practices Guide for Schools (Microsoft Word document, 552 K)

Transportation choices

Transportation Choices - School Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 254 K)

Transportation Choices - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 105 K)

A Study of Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (LUTAQH) in King County, WA (PDF, 27 K) Executive Summary, Sept. 27, 2005
Written to help guide the distribution of resources in King County as it works to reduce automobile dependency, increase transportation efficiency, improve air quality, and improve the health of county residents.

Water conservation

Water Conservation - Best Practices Guide for Schools (Microsoft Word® Document, 517 K)

Water Conservation - School District Criteria (Microsoft Word® Document, 119 K)

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King County Green Schools best practices workshop

Powerpoint presentations from May 21, 2009 workshop

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Waste Reduction Session (PDF, 2.3 MB)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Recycling Session (PDF, 2.4 MB)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Food Scrap Recycling Session (PDF, 428 K)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Cedar Grove Composting Session (PDF, 1.9 MB)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: On-Site Composting Session (PDF, 746 K)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: Beyond WRR Session (PDF, 2.2 MB)

King County Green Schools Program Best Practices Workshop: School Energy Information Session (PDF, 456 K)

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Updated: Sep. 5, 2017


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