Dear Educators,

The Sustainable Schools team would like to thank you for such a wonderful year. Over 50 classrooms participated in our Green Classroom program during the 2015-2016 school year, meaning over 1,200 elementary students in Whatcom County participated in workshops and projects focused on water, waste, or energy. Wow!  See everything they accomplished this year.

Closing thoughts - Watch this emotional video of a young environmentalist in Mount Vernon expressing his thoughts on people wrecking our planet. Read more.

In kindness,
Haley Mountain
Green Classroom Coordinator

2015-2016 Green Classroomscertfiied
By the end of the 2015-2016 school year, over 50 classrooms have earned their certification in one or more of our three topics;  waste prevention, water conservation, and energy efficiency and climate change. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making our community and world a safer, healthier place for all. See photos and read more about each classroom's success.

Last Chance Before Summer Break
Deadline: Wednesday, June 8th
Prize: Classroom Sustainability Kit

Whether you were certified this year or not, take 15 minutes of class time to discuss daily changes students can make to have a sustainable summer. Use one of our existing pledges or create your own and have students fill out the "It all starts with ME" pledge worksheet while you submit the online form. Refer a friend and receive an additional entry into the drawing. On Thursday, June 9th we will randomly choose one classroom to win a classroom sustainability kit with a climate change board game, CFL light bulbs, RE Store gift certificate, and more! Read more.

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Amount: $1,000
Before the end of the year, plan ahead and see if your school is eligible to apply for the PLT Grant for environmental service learning projects. Partner students with the entire school, local businesses, or community organizations to implement a new program at your school. If you're interested in starting up a new recycling program, conserving water and energy, or protecting local animal habitat - this grant is for you. Read more.

Green Classrooms at Workpohtot

Parkview 3rd graders made the City of Bellingham tablecloths for their Walk for Water event.

Birchwood 1st Grade led an Earth Day Squalicum Beach Cleanup with help from the Bellingham Kiwanis Club and Congressman Rick Larsen.

Northern Heights 3rd graders completed a litter pickup around their school to protect our water from pollution.

A program to help teachers integrate conservation education into curriculum and initiate positive action in the classroom.    Read more.