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Sustaining Green School: Level Four

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Green Schools banner with "Sustaining Green School" ribbons

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Student Green Team

Student Green Team members at The Jewish Day School (Bellevue).

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Earth Heroes at School

Scenic Hill Elementary School (Kent School District) staff and students receive the King County award in April 2011.

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Lunchroom Recycling

Staff members at Olympic View Elementary School (Federal Way Public Schools) support lunchroom collection of recyclable and compostable materials.

This new program level is for schools that have been recognized as Level Three King County Green Schools.

Congratulations on completing Levels One, Two and Three of the King County Green Schools Program. Your efforts have engaged students and staff in environmental stewardship, conserved natural resources, and reduced costs.

The main focus of a Level Four Sustaining Green School is to continue to involve your whole school in maintaining its Level One (waste reduction and recycling), Level Two (energy conservation), and Level Three (water conservation) practices.

To be recognized as a Level Four Green School, your school also should select and complete an additional practice or educational strategy from Best Practices Guide listed in the Level Four Guide. Schools will be recognized as Sustaining Green Schools after they complete all requirements in the Level Four Best Practices Guide.

Best Practices Guide

Best Practices Guide for Sustaining Green Schools 2015-16 (Microsoft Word document, 552 K)

For assistance, please contact Dale Alekel, King County Green Schools Program, at or 206-477-5267.

Sustain and expand your Green School practices!

Tips for continued success as a King County Green School:

  • Educate and remind! To educate new students and staff and to remind those returning to the school, make weekly announcements (over the PA system and in the cafeteria) about what materials can and can’t be recycled. Also make announcements about your school’s waste reduction, energy conservation, and water conservation practices throughout the school year -- especially at the beginning of the school year, in early January and in early spring.
  • Set regular Green Team meetings: Schedule meeting dates for your Green Team or other student group(s) who will work on conservation education and actions. Each year, recruit new student and staff members. Take advantage of King County’s Green Team program that provides free workshops and recognition for student Green Teams in Elementary schools and Secondary schools.
  • Receive free education programs: Refer to the King County Education and Schools Assistance webpage for more information on assemblies, classroom workshops, teacher trainings, recognition, and resources.

Share your successes!

  • Celebrate: Promote your success story by making announcements at your school, placing your highest level Green Schools' logo on your website, and including an article in a PTSA newsletter with a link to your school’s success story.
  • Showcase your banner: Display your Green Schools banner with its highest level Green Schools’ sticker or ribbon.
  • Recognize: Congratulate outstanding “green” students and staff. You may print certificates by using the templates on our website. Nominate your school, your school’s conservation program, a student or student group, a teacher or other staff member for a King County Earth Hero at School award. Check the Earth Heroes website in January for the nomination form, instructions, and nomination due date, which is typically in February each year.
  • Mentor another school(s) in your district: The King County Green Schools Program can connect you with staff at other schools in your district who would like to be mentored by another school.
  • Hold a “Green Schools” or “Green Team” summit with other schools in your district: Organize a gathering of staff – or of students and staff – from schools in your district who would like to share their successes and learn from others.

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Updated: Jul. 19, 2016

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