Horizon Elementary is one of six schools in the Kent School District recognized by the King County Green Schools Program. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District

Horizon Elementary is one of six schools in the Kent School District recognized by the King County Green Schools Program. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District

King County honors six Kent schools for their green initiatives

Focus on waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and water conservation

Six schools in the Kent School District were recently recognized by the King County Green Schools Program for sustaining and improving their waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation and/or water conservation practices.

The program also recognized the students teams at the schools for their 2022-2023 activities for sustainability.

Sawyer Woods Elementary School received Level One recognition for starting or improving its waste reduction and recycling practices, according to the King County Green Schools Program.

Northwood Middle School received a Level Two honor for maintaining its Level One waste reduction and recycling practices while engaging in energy conservation education and actions. The school also received a Level Three honor for maintaining its Level One waste reduction and recycling practices while engaging in water conservation education and strategies.

Glenridge Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Lake Youngs Elementary School and Park Orchard Elementary School were recognized for maintaining their Level One, Two and Three practices, and completing an additional conservation action.

The program, aimed at expanding knowledge and understanding of sustainability among students, teachers, and other school and district staff, has commended these schools for their commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We are proud to be a sustaining Green School,” said Horizon Principal Miles Erdly in a school district news release. “Our students and staff recognize the importance of minimizing our environmental footprint as we learn that our actions do make a difference to the health of our planet.

“We are now in our second year of collecting organic waste for composting with the end goal of developing our own organic garden on our campus. Thanks to the Green Schools program, our Hawks are creating a model for all Kent Schools to aspire to by reducing our carbon footprint and enjoying the fresh air.”

The Green Schools Program, a part of the King County Solid Waste Division’s Education and Community Engagement Section, encourages and supports schools in taking steps to become more sustainable. The program provides tools, resources and guidance to help schools reduce waste, conserve resources and promote sustainable practices.

Awards are given to schools and student teams that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability and have successfully implemented sustainable practices.

”Kent School District congratulates these schools and student teams for their outstanding achievements and encourages other schools to follow their lead in adopting sustainable practices,” according to a district news release. By working together, we can make a positive difference in protecting our environment for future generations.”


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