The Mercer Island School District has once again received recognition for their achievements in the Country Green School Program. Local schools, including Island Park and Lakeridge Elementary Schools, and both the Middle School and High School have been recognized for “continued multi-year performance.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the program, it’s geared to help grow and develop understanding and education in certain “green” categories, which include, waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation, water conservation, and pollution prevention, and the most recent number shows record-breaking results in 2018.
The program also educates students and staff to only recycle materials they know can be recycled, which helps reduce contamination in recycling bins.
The program’s vision encompasses county-wide support in all school districts and schools to support the continued education and understanding in the conservation practices and engage their students and staff in environmental stewardship.
In 2018, some 290 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from this program, including the Issaquah, Snoqualmie Valley, Mercer Island, Lake Washington, Northshore School Districts, among others. Click here to see the entire list.
Four Mercer Island schools made on the 2017-2018 Sustaining Green School recognition list, including Island Park and Lakeridge Elementary, Islander Middle School and Mercer Island Schools, which were also recognized for “continued multi-year performance.”
One Mercer Island school, Northwood Elementary, made it on the Level Three list for water conservation and pollution prevention. The same school made it on the Level Two list for energy conservation. West Mercer Elementary was last in the rankings for Level One contributions towards waste reduction and recycling.
Interesting factoids can be found on the “Success Story” portion of the Green Schools Program, but some of Mercer Island’s highlights include:
- In May 2013, the Mercer Island School District received the Recycler of the Year – Youth Education award from the Washington State Recycling Association.
- In 2009-2010, the district’s garbage disposal costs were cut in half after waste reduction and recycling programs were expanded.
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam) in school cafeterias were eliminated district-wide, and all trays, dishware, and utensils are either “durable or compostable.”
Individual success stories can be viewed here by clicking on the school you’re interested in looking at!
IN OTHER NEWS, the Mercer Island School District has updated the first day of the 2018-2019 school year for kindergarten students. Find out more by clicking here.
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