Green Classroom Accomplishments 2014-2015

posted Nov 29, 2016, 3:29 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 2:55 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities ]
Congratulations to the following classrooms who attained their Green Classroom Certification in 2014-2015! See what amazing things these classes have accomplished below.

Our free Green Classroom program helps teachers integrate conservation education into curriculum and initiate positive action in the classroom. Through workshops, pledges, and action projects we challenge students to think critically about their use of natural resources and see how waste, water, and energy are integral parts of our everyday lives. Hands-on activities and projects provide them the opportunity to brainstorm solutions and take action to promote conservation.


1st Grade

"We pledge to bring waste-free or minimal waste lunches to school."
Meghan Trueman's 1st grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They created a chart to help them track their waste every day for the rest of the school year. After just 3 days. they were already seeing a decrease in the amount of landfill-bound waste there classroom generated.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Susan Kelley's 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friends Beth and Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st graders now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms as well as wring out and fluff their new 'bedding'. Read more.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Kim Fredere's 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friends Beth and Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st graders now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms as well as wring out and fluff their new 'bedding'. Read more.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Michelle Brooks' 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friends Beth and Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st graders now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms as well as wring out and fluff their new 'bedding'. Read more.

"We pledge to pick up litter when we see it and put it in the correct recycling bin or trash can."
Annie Franzmann's 1st grade class at Birchwood Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They walked along the interurban trail to Squalicum Beach to pick up litter and complete an informal waste audit of what they found. All together, students collected almost 10 pounds of trash and left the public beach a much cleaner and healthier place for everyone.


2nd grade

"We pledge to only use 1 or 2 lights while we're in the classroom."
Tristy Nielsen's 2nd grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. First, they each created a "Turn Me Off" sticker to put near light switches as a quick reminder - see photo below. Then each student took the information they learned during the workshop to other classrooms and taught them about energy efficiency. Each classroom was then presented with a switch plate sticker.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Julia Ritchie's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They brought a compost bin into their classroom so they could start composting their paper towels. Also, they went out and taught other students how to correctly sort recyclables.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Kathy Lorson-Howell's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They brought a compost bin into their classroom so they could start composting their paper towels.

"We pledge to teach others how to recycle correctly."
Sharie Burdick's 2nd grade class at Silver Beach Elementary complete a Waste Prevention project. They created educational posters to post around their schools to encourage others to stop littering and start recycling waste.

"We pledge to continually reduce, reuse and recycle."
Linda Young's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They created a Reader's Theater script that they then read to the 1st graders. This script encouraged the other students to use the garbage and compost bins around the school correctly.

"We pledge to remember to recycle things that are recyclable."
Kristy Tice's 2nd grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention Project. After their workshop, they created educational posters to put up around their school to teach others of the dangers of landfills and the importance of living a "reduce, reuse, recycle" lifestyle.

"We pledge to correctly sort recycling and compost. Think before we throw and donate what we can."
Allison Alexander's 2nd grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After a focused lesson on composting, students created posters highlighting snack items that could and could not go into the compost bin. These posters were then displayed next to their new compost collection bin in the classroom.

"We pledge to practice the 3 R's every day."
Val Jones' 2nd grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After participating in the classroom workshop, students went to other classrooms to spread their new-found knowledge on how to correctly recycle and reduce their additions to nasty landfills.


3rd Grade

"We pledge to waste less water every day."
Donna Smith's 3rd grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They took the information they learned during the workshop and taught another classroom about why water is so important and how we can each make choices to conserve water every day.

"We pledge to turn off the water while we scrub our hands."
Liane Koester's 3rd grade class at Lowell Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. After an additional Air Quality workshop, the students chose a research topic related to animals and environmental impacts to their habitat. The projects were then presented during the school's science fair. Way to go above and beyond!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJhPW8jojrLWcze8ChAy8wA
"We pledge to regularly conserve water in the classroom."
Marca Babcock's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created, videotaped, and presented skits about water conservation to other classrooms in their school in conjunction with Jill Cofer's 3rd grade class. This is Babcock and Cofer's second year receiving Green Classroom Certification - great job Parkview 3rd graders! Go to the Green Classroom Action Project page on YouTube to see them all.

"We pledge to regularly conserve water in the classroom."
Jill Cofer's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created PowerPoint presentations about water conservation to other classrooms in their school in conjunction with Marca Babcock's 3rd grade class. This is Cofer and Babcock's second year receiving Green Classroom Certification — great job Parkview 3rd graders! Click on any of the following presentations to see what they came up with: Eli, Giselle, Luke, and Wyatt.

"We pledge to practice Water Conservation at home."
Amy Roselli's 3rd grade class at Happy Valley Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After calculating their families daily water use, they created individualized pledge droplets to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind their families to practice water conservation.

"We pledge to practice Water Conservation at home."
Tara Aperule's 3rd grade class at Happy Valley Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After calculating their families daily water use, they created individualized pledge droplets to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind their families to practice water conservation.


4th Grade

"We pledge to turn off light sources when we leave the room."
Jodi Crimmin's 4th grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They took the information they learned during the workshop and taught another classroom about why energy efficiency is so important and how we can each make choices to conserve energy every day.

"We pledge to continually educate others about the importance of water conservation."
Julie Harrison's 4th grade class at Kendall Elementary complete a Water Conservation project. They created educational posters highlighting the importance of water and how everyone can make choices every day to keep water clean and abundant.

"We pledge to recycle paper, plastic bags, and empty glue stick containers."
Debbie Bryner's 4th grade class at Hillcrest Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They set up multiple stations around their school to collect empty glue stick containers that will be taken and recycled at Walmart as part of the Elmer's Glue Crew program.

"We pledge to continually educate others about the importance of water conservation."
Bette Mitchell's 4th grade class at Kendall Elementary complete a Water Conservation project. They created educational posters highlighting the importance of water and how everyone can make choices every day to keep water clean and abundant.

"We pledge to continually educate others about the importance of water conservation."
Justine Munoz's 4th grade class at Kendall Elementary complete a Water Conservation project. They created educational posters highlighting the importance of water and how everyone can make choices every day to keep water clean and abundant.

"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."
Several classes at Blaine Elementary completed a Waste Prevention and Water Conservation project, made possible with the help of Birch Bay Water and Sewer and the City of Blaine. After their workshop, students competed in a grade-wide Water Awareness Poster Competition. Students were asked to illustrate an Underground Water Warrior and demonstrate what they learned about waste prevention and water conservation. The winner received a pizza party for their classroom! Classrooms included:
  • Ms. Keiper's 4th grade class
  • Mr. Maxim's 4th grade class
  • Mrs. Schulz's 4th grade class
  • Mr. Dickson's 4th grade class
  • Mrs. Tennyson's 4th grade class
  • Mr. Jensen's 4th grade class
  • Mrs. Nowakowski's 4th grade class 


5th grade

"We pledge to rescue lost pencils and compost paper towels."
Mark Danielson's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. In honor of Earth day, students pulled invasive ivy along a school trail. Their project was such a big hit, the school district wrote an article highlighting their work! Read more.

"We pledge to use white boards instead of scratch paper and compost paper towels in the classroom."
Lara Stark's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. In honor of Earth day, students picked up litter around the school grounds. Their project was such a big hit, the school district wrote an article highlighting their work! Read more.

"We pledge to practice Water Conservation at home."
Angela Williams' 5th grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After discussing daily water use at home, they created individualized pledge droplets to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind themselves and their families to practice water conservation.

"We pledge to practice Water Conservation at home."
Angie Hayes' 5th grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After discussing daily water use at home, they created individualized pledge droplets to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind themselves and their families to practice water conservation.


Multi-Grade Levels

"We pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle every day."
Jesi Van Leeuwen's K-5th grade class at Bellingham Free Community School completed a Waste Prevention project. After their workshop, students created Mother's Day cards out of recycled paper. Since making those, students have continued to collect all their colored paper and make recycled paper for projects!

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands and brush our teeth."
Catie Holcroft's after-school homework club at Sterling Meadows completed a Water Conservation project. After learning about how much water is wasted every day, students created posters illustrating the many plants and animals that depend on fresh, clean water to survive and highlighted tips to save water. Each poster was hung in the bathroom of their community room.

"We pledge to re-use and re-purpose items whenever we can."
Terri Cook's K-2nd grade class at Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They did paper-making with a purpose, creating 100% recycled paper valentines to pass out to friends and families. They also hope to start up their school garden again this year and use their compost pile more efficiently.

"We pledge to re-use and re-purpose items whenever we can."
Judy Thomas' 3rd-5th grade class at Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They did paper-making with a purpose, creating 100% recycled paper valentines to pass out to friends and families. They also hope to start up their school garden again this year and use their compost pile more efficiently.

"We pledge to practice Water Conservation at home."
Nick Perigo's 4th/5th grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After discussing daily water use at home, they created individualized pledge droplets to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind themselves and their families to practice water conservation.

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