Dear Educators,

The countdown to summer break has begun, but there's still plenty of time for student projects and activities:
The Sustainable Schools team is honored to work with so many wonderful, eco-conscious classrooms and schools throughout Whatcom County. Below, see all the amazing classrooms we've certified this year, read more about Irene Reither Elementary, who updated their lunchroom waste stations, below and on our webpage, and help us celebrate our Earth Day Success!

Already certified or too busy to fit us in this year? Get a jump start on your 2016-2017 planning and register for next year's workshop now  Our Green Classroom Coordinator will contact you in the fall to pin down the final details.

In kindness,
Haley Mountain
Green Classroom Coordinator

Activities for May
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 conserve water, save energy, and reduce their waste this 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.

Washington Green Schools
Deadline:Wednesday, June 1st

Washington Green Schools wants to know how your students plan to tackle big-world issues like building a sustainable future. In 90-seconds or less, have your students answer these two questions - "How do we cultivate a sustainable future?" and "How can kids lead the way?" Submit your video for a chance to win Mariners tickets. Read more.

The Herb Society of America
Deadline: October 1st, 2016
Before the end of the year, submit a quick proposal to get a classroom herb garden for the 2016-201-7 school year. The Herb Society of America honors Mr. Samull with this grant. Mr. Samull shared his love of herbs by bringing the small, beautiful gardens into his classroom.Indoor and outdoor herb garden options are available. Read more.

2015-2016 Green Classroomscertfiied

During the 2015-2016 school year, over 35 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.

Irene Reither ElementaryIRE

T his March, the Sustainable Schools team partnered up with Irene Reither's custodian, John Picht (pictured left), and Assistant Principal, Adrienne Somera, to update their cafeteria waste stations and educate students on the importance of composting and practicing waste prevention. Thank you for setting such a great example, Irene Reither!  Read more.

For more information on waste prevention and creating a towards zero waste lunchroom, contact the Sustainable Schools team at
Earth Day Beach Cleanupearthday

Birchwood 1st graders were joined by the Bellingham Kiwanis Club, Congressman Rick Larsen, and the Sustainable Schools team on Earth Day to cleanup the interurban trail and beach at Little Squalicum Park. Students used this project to complete their Green Classroom Certification in water conservation. Together, we collected over 40 pounds of trash and even made the news -   read more.

Green Ed Made Easy!

Don't forget - it's not too late to  register  for your  Green Classroom Workshop ! Our Green Classroom Educator is available for both one- and two-time sessions and can work around your testing schedule. Email her today at .

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