We are dedicated to assisting all public and private schools in Clark County. Contact us for guidance in waste reduction, composting, recycling and sustainability efforts in your schools. We're here to help!

  • Ellen Ives

    Ellen Ives

    Ellen Ives is a Waste Connections educator in Sustainability and Waste Reduction. She spends much of her time in schools inspiring them to foster a school-wide green culture. Ellen teaches lessons and leads activities to provide each person with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitude, commitment and skills needed to “rethink waste” and change behaviors to protect and improve our environment.

    Ellen has been a motivating member of our community for many years. Prior to working for Waste Connections, she was a teacher in Clark County schools. Ellen is well known for her dedication and work educating future environmental leaders and their green team’s successful projects throughout the school district.

    In April 2018, Ellen was honored as a Green Medalist by Washington Green Schools for her individual contributions to the environment and making a lasting impact with youth.


  • Sami Springs

    Sami Springs

    Sami Springs is Clark County Green Schools' new program lead. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Spanish, Sami moved to Portland to pursue a career in sustainability education and programs. She served as an AmeriCorps member with Portland Public Schools, teaching students about sustainability and implementing resource conservation strategies. Sami has also worked as the Education Coordinator with SCRAP, a nonprofit focused on creative reuse, and an Environmental Programs Tech with Clark County. She is very passionate about educating others about climate change, advocating for social justice and volunteering in her local community. When Sami's off the clock, she enjoys seeing live music, hanging out with friends, petting dogs and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


  • Trudi Timperman

    Trudi Timperman

    Trudi Timperman is Clark County Green Schools’ newest AmeriCorps member, and will be serving from September 2021 until August 2022 as an Environmental Outreach Coordinator. She looks forward to collaborating with students and teachers to help them improve their sustainability efforts in the classroom and beyond.

    Trudi grew up in Spokane, Washington where she gained a deep appreciation for the outdoors from a young age. This led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Ethics and Policy with a minor in Global Business from the University of Portland. During her time at UP, Trudi served as a founding member of the university’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee, volunteered on the inaugural Environmental Justice Immersion, and researched sociopolitical dimensions of coastal wetland restoration in the Puget Sound for her Senior Capstone. Trudi is passionate about supporting community-led efforts to promote environmental justice, sustainability, and resilience. In her free time, she loves hiking, backpacking, and skiing throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is thrilled to be spending the next year serving in her beautiful home state of Washington.