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Oct
16

Change is hard but "you gotta try it": Hockinson Heights' waste reduction journey

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Change is hard, but at Hockinson Heights Elementary they haven't let that stop them from making huge changes to make their school more sustainable. When we started working with them in 2017, all the waste from lunch was being thrown in the garbage, including recyclables. In order for change to happen there needs to be someone to take the first...
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Jun
05

Felida Elementary Certifies Platinum, Joining the Ranks of Only 12 Schools in the State

Felida Elementary Certifies Platinum, Joining the Ranks of Only 12 Schools in the State
Vancouver Public Schools' Felida Elementary achieved something few have. They are one of only 12 schools in the state to certify in all six categories with Washington Green Schools. That feat achieved platinum status for Felida Elementary and means they certified in Waste and Recycling, Water, School Grounds and Gardens, Energy, Transportation and ...
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Apr
30

Gause Elementary Milk Dispenser launch

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Earlier this spring, Gause Elementary was the first school in the Washougal School District to start using a milk dispenser in the cafeteria. Day custodian Ellen Lancaster played an integral role in building support for the change to the cafeteria. Ellen was driven to change how her school was using single-use items, noting that cartons a...
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Apr
12

Building community around teamwork: Lacamas Lake Elementary's new milk dispenser

Michelle-iphone-photos-2019-769-crop Lacamas Lake Elementary's custodian, Nancy Stoy and members of the Clark County Green Schools team, measuring wasted milk at their preliminary waste audit
Camas School District's Lacamas Lake Elementary began serving milk out of washable cups instead of single use cartons in March.  Passion for this project came from all parts of the school. Nancy Stoy, their custodian, led the charge along with their principal, Mrs. Mueller, and kitchen manager, Lorena Forshee, also advocating for the...
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Apr
05

A Lasting School Garden

A Lasting School Garden
"We could not maintain this garden without the help of Clark students", organizer Bobbi Bellomy said at the conclusion of a two hour work party at Hazel Dell Elementary School. In mid-March, Clark College students helped clean up the school garden as part of their food and health class. They prepared beds for spring planting by adding compost and l...
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