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!

  • Michelle Picinich
  • Ellen Ives
  • Eric Stricker
  • Kaley McLachlan-Burton
  • Michelle Picinich

    Michelle Picinich

    Michelle Picinich is your Clark County Green Schools partner, encouraging green practices and sustainability in all of our schools, public and private. She is passionate about waste reduction and recycling, especially growing and inspiring young environmental leaders to make a difference for future generations.

    Michelle has lived in Clark County for 19 years and has four children in local schools. She is amazed by the passion she sees from students, teachers and staff and is excited to be a part of lasting change in the Clark County educational community.

    564.397.5290

  • 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.

    360.449.8396

  • Eric Stricker

    Eric Stricker

    Eric Stricker is the newest AmeriCorps member with Clark County Green Schools, serving from fall of 2017 until August 2018. Graduating with a degree in environmental ethics and policy from the University of Portland in summer 2017, this position is his first foray into environmental outreach. He has a passion for creative, collaborative solutions that allow everyone to take part in reducing the environmental impact that we have on the earth around us. Utilizing the natural systems around in conjunction with innovative solutions in all aspects of the community, Eric seeks to help where it is needed.

    Eric has lived in Vancouver for his whole life. A large portion of his youth was spent in school music programs and the Boy Scouts of America, obtaining his Eagle rank in 2013. Pastimes include (among others) getting out in nature any way he can, including backpacking, disk golfing, and cycling.

    564.397.7314

  • Kaley McLachlan-Burton

    Kaley McLachlan-Burton

    Kaley McLachlan-Burton assists with Clark County Green Schools as well as the Master Composter/Recycler program. Kaley enjoys helping members of the community find ways to reduce their ecological footprint that work best for their lifestyle, needs, and values. She is particularly interested in the impact that sustainable living has on one’s health and finances.

    Kaley is originally from Clark County, and returned after living in Seattle to earn degrees in biology and environmental studies from the University of Washington. She has worked with various environmental education programs, both public and private, doing volunteer management, marketing and outreach, and event coordination. Kaley can often be found at the dog park, paddle-boarding, or photographing wildlife while on adventures with her husband and rescue dog.

    564.397.7329