Green Classroom Accomplishments 2015-2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 3:26 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 3:33 PM ]
Congratulations to the following classrooms who attained their Green Classroom Certification in 2015-2016! 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.


Kindergarten

"We pledge to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly when we can."
Karen Teshera's kindergarten class at Skyline Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing the impacts that litter can have on the environment and discovering alternative waste management strategies like recycling, students were excited to host a litter cleanup around their school grounds. In 30 minutes we collected almost 15 pounds of litter, making the school grounds and cleaner and healthier place for everyone to enjoy.

"We pledge to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly when we can."
John Yost's kindergarten class at Skyline Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project.
After discussing the impacts that litter can have on the environment and discovering alternative waste management strategies like recycling, students were excited to host a litter cleanup around their school grounds. In 30 minutes we collected almost 15 pounds of litter, making the school grounds and cleaner and healthier place for everyone to enjoy.

"We pledge to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly when we can."
Sabrina Hauk's kindergarten class at Skyline Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing the impacts that litter can have on the environment and discovering alternative waste management strategies like recycling, students were excited to host a litter cleanup around their school grounds. In 30 minutes we collected almost 15 pounds of litter, making the school grounds and cleaner and healthier place for everyone to enjoy.


1st Grade

"We pledge to keep our sink off when we aren't using it."
Kelly Morgan's 1st grade class at Birchwood Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After discussing daily water use at home, they created individualized pledge droplets that we displayed during their open house (see photo below) before sending them home to place in their bathrooms or kitchens to remind themselves and their families to practice water conservation.

"We pledge to bring a reusable cup or water bottle to get drinks while at school."
Valerie Smith's 1st grade class at Birchwood 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 pick up litter when we see it and dispose of it correctly."
Valerie Smith's 1st grade class at Birchwood Elementary ALSO completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing the impacts that litter can have on the environment and discovering alternative waste management strategies like recycling, students were excited to host a litter cleanup on Earth Day. They conducted a litter cleanup at Little Squalicum Beach. Over 40 pounds of trash was collected with help from the Bellingham Kiwanis Club and Congressman Rick Larsen - they even made the news! Read more.

"We pledge to not waste water down the sink drain."
Anne Franzmann's 1st grade class at Birchwood 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. Then, to celebrate Earth Day, they conducted a litter cleanup at Little Squalicum Beach. Over 40 pounds of trash was collected with help from the Bellingham Kiwanis Club and Congressman Rick Larsen - they even made the news! Read more.

"We pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle!"
Susan Kelley's 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friend Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st grade classrooms now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps from snack time. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms and illustrate their new friends.

"We pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle!"
Marla Reimer's 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friend Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st grade classrooms now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps from snack time. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms and illustrate their new friends.

"We pledge to compost our food waste for our garden."
Emily Hie's 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friend Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the 1st grade classrooms now have a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps from snack time. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms and illustrate their new friends.


2nd Grade

"We pledge to use the lunchroom trash and compost correctly."
Kristy Tice's 2nd grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created educational posters they could display to show others the danger of landfills and importance of practicing reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

"We pledge to use the lunchroom trash and compost correctly."
Allison Alexander's 2nd grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created educational posters they could display to show others the danger of landfills and importance of practicing reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands with soap. This saves around 7 cups of water every time."
Leilani Hoch's 2nd grade class at Alderwood Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They conducted a water audit for their classroom sink, drinking fountain, and teacher lounge to estimate the amount of water used for various tasks around the school. Students then created posters and signs to help remind others to conserve water.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands with soap. This saves around 7 cups of water every time."
Ana Mungarro's 2nd grade class at Alderwood 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 turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands with soap. This saves around 7 cups of water every time."
Allison Muncie's 2nd grade class at Alderwood 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 use the lunchroom trash and compost correctly."
KC Rhodes' 2nd grade class at Irene Reither Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created recycled paper shapes to learn the recycling process of paper.

"We pledge to pick up litter when it is safe to do so and place it in the correct recycling or garbage bin."
Ana Mungarro's 2nd grade class at Alderwood Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After learning about the environmental impacts of litter and landfills, and how we should practice "reduce, reuse, and recycle" to manage our waste, students were inspired to host a litter cleanup. After spending an afternoon outside around their school, students collected a total of 19 pounds of litter and an entire bike!

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands with soap. This saves around 7 cups of water every time."
Ana Mungarro's 2nd grade class at Alderwood Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. After learning how much energy is used to create new materials and even process recycled items, students made their own recycled paper shapes.

"We pledge to think before we throw and practice the 3 R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle."
Scarlett Ballard's 2nd grade class at Irene Reither Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created recycled paper shapes to learn the recycling process of paper.

"We pledge to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly."
Sarah Updike's 2nd grade class at Irene Reither Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created recycled paper shapes to learn the recycling process of paper.

"We pledge to share school supplies with others so we don't have to go buy new ones."
Becky Pederson's 2nd grade class at Irene Reither Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created recycled paper shapes to learn the recycling process of paper.

"We pledge to pick up litter when we see it and not litter in the classroom or environment."
Kathy Lorson-Howell's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students created posters about how to manage waste and protect the environment. These posters were hung around the school to educate
others.

"We pledge to conserve water by turning off the faucet when we brush our teeth and suds our hands with soap."
Kirsten Zoba's 2nd grade class at Cascadia Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created informational posters to demonstrate the importance of water and educate others about all the ways they learned to conserve water at school and at home. Posters were placed around the school for the remainder of the school year.

"We pledge to conserve water by turning off the faucet when we brush our teeth and suds our hands with soap."

Denise Guessford's 2nd grade class at Cascadia Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created informational posters to demonstrate the importance of water and educate others about all the ways they learned to conserve water at school and at home. Posters were placed around the school for the remainder of the school year.

"We pledge to THINK before we THROW. Is there a way we can reduce, reuse, recycle, or compost instead?"
Julia Ritchie's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students conducted a litter cleanup around the school grounds to make it a cleaner and healthier place for everyone to enjoy.

"We pledge to compost in the lunchroom, reduce what we buy, reuse items when we can, and always recycling scrap paper."
Linda Young's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, all the students learned how paper is recycled and created their own recycled paper shapes for artwork.


3rd Grade

"We pledge to only fill water bottles with water when it is needed and will be used."
Liane Koester's 3rd grade class at Lowell Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created posters for Bellingham's Walk for Water event in honor of World Water Day in addition to creation individual pledge droplets to remind them to practice water conservation at home.

"We pledge to practice water conservation: protect water from pollution and save water from being wasted."
Danielle Pike-McArdle's 3rd grade class at Alderwood Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They created posters for Bellingham's Walk for Water event in honor of World Water Day as well as creating posters to help other students around their school practice water conservation.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands and brush our teeth."
Marca Kidwell-Babcock's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After learning about the importance of water conservation, students helped decorate table cloths for the City of Bellingham's annual Walk for Water event, which celebrates UN World Water Day. In addition, students held a month-long competition to seek out the most water conscious classroom at Parkview. Students handed out water conservation tickets throughout the month of April, and awarded the classroom with the most tickets a golden water bottle during their monthly recognition assembly.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands and brush our teeth."
Carrie Hewitt's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. After learning about the importance of water conservation, students helped decorate table cloths for the City of Bellingham's annual Walk for Water event, which celebrates UN World Water Day. In addition, students held a month-long competition to seek out the most water conscious classroom at Parkview. Students handed out water conservation tickets throughout the month of April, and awarded the classroom with the most tickets a golden water bottle during their monthly recognition assembly.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands and pick up litter when we see it."
Isabel Machuca's 3rd grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. In order to practice conservation by protecting water from pollution, students conducted a litter cleanup around their school. Students collected litter as well as dog poop to protect Toad Creek, a creek that runs right next to the school and flows into Squalicum Creek where water quality is suffering.

"We pledge to not waste water while we are washing our hands at school."
Mimi Saunders' 3rd grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. In order to practice conservation by protecting water from pollution, students conducted a litter cleanup around their school. Students collected litter as well as dog poop to protect Toad Creek, a creek that runs right next to the school and flows into Squalicum Creek where water quality is suffering.

"We pledge to turn off the faucet when it is dripping or leaking so it's not wasted."
Rachel Frere's 3rd grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. In order to practice conservation by protecting water from pollution, students conducted a litter cleanup around their school. Students collected litter as well as dog poop to protect Toad Creek, a creek that runs right next to the school and flows into Squalicum Creek where water quality is suffering.


4th Grade

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter.
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Mr Riley's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources. Mr. Riley had the 1st place winner, Max, who won a pizza party for his entire class.

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter."
Ms. Lawrance's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources. 

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter."
Mrs. Bennett's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources. 

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter."
Mrs. Schulz's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources.

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter."
Ms. Keiper's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources.

"We pledge to educate others about the importance of water, practice water conservation to save water from being wasted, and protect water from pollution and litter."
Mrs. Tennyson's 4th grade class at Blaine Elementary completed a waste prevention and water conservation project, with the help of the City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District. Every student competed in a grade-level-wide poster awareness competition to illustrate their pledge or practicing awareness, conservation, and taking action to save and protect our water resources.

"We pledge to practice multiple actions to do our part for water conservation, waste prevention, and energy efficiency."

Ms. Miller's 4th grade class at Irene Reither Elementary participated in all three of our green classroom workshops and completed a cumulative project. Students created posters to illustrate the importance of and ways to practice conservation. Students made posters about water, energy, waste and even all 3!

"We pledge to practice multiple actions to do our part for water conservation, waste prevention, and energy efficiency."
Mr. Shaffer's 4th grade class at Irene Reither Elementary participated in all three of our green classroom workshops and completed a cumulative project. Students learned more about the process of recycling and how it helps conserve both energy and water by creating their own recycled paper. Each student also created an individual pledge for water conservation.

"We pledge to practice multiple actions to do our part for water conservation, waste prevention, and energy efficiency."
Mrs. Moe's 4th grade class at Irene Reither Elementary participated in all three of our green classroom workshops and completed a cumulative project. Students created posters to illustrate the importance of and ways to practice conservation. Students made posters about water, energy, waste and even all 3!

"We pledge to practice multiple actions to do our part for water conservation, waste prevention, and energy efficiency."
Ms. Needham's 4th grade class at Irene Reither Elementary participated in all three of our green classroom workshops and completed a cumulative project. Students learned more about the process of recycling and how it helps conserve both energy and water by creating their own recycled paper. Each student also created an individual pledge for water conservation.

"We pledge to not waste hot water when we are washing our hands at school."
Ryan Mitchell's 4th grade class at Custer Elementary completed a Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They conducted an energy audit for their classroom to assess how much energy they are using on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Calculations from the audit were used to help identify ways in which they can continue to practice energy efficiency in the classroom.

"We pledge to always turn off the lights when we leave the classroom."
Brandi Capdeville's 4th grade class at Custer Elementary completed a Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They conducted an energy audit for their classroom to assess how much energy they are using on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Calculations from the audit were used to help identify ways in which they can continue to practice energy efficiency in the classroom.


5th grade

"We pledge to establish and maintain a Food to Flowers compost bucket in our classroom."
Mark Danielson's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency project. They conducted trail maintenance on the upper trail connected to their school - clearing the path and collecting litter created a more usable and pleasing green space for everyone to enjoy.

"We pledge to support efforts in mentoring younger students on how to use the landfill waste and Food to Flowers bin in the lunchroom."
Kerry Hermann's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency project. They conducted trail maintenance on the lower trail connected to their school - clearing the path and collecting litter created a more usable and pleasing green space for everyone to enjoy.

"We pledge to 'unplug' and play outside more this summer, using up our own personal energy rather than energy coming from fossil fuels."
Angela Haye's 5th grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency project. Students completed a classroom energy audit to assess how much energy they are using every year and what solutions may be best for energy conservation in their classroom.

"We pledge to 'unplug' and play outside more this summer, using up our own personal energy rather than energy coming from fossil fuels."
Nicholas Perigo's 5th grade class at Silver Beach Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency project. Students completed a classroom energy audit to assess how much energy they are using every year and what solutions may be best for energy conservation in their classroom.

"We pledge to bring more plants into the classroom in an effort to process the carbon dioxide we release through breathing."
Lara Stark's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary completed an Energy Efficiency project. They took an unused garden bed outside of their classroom and transformed it into a usable reading and group discussion area for sunny days at school. Thank you Green Earth Technology for donating soil mix to fill and cover the barren area!

"We pledge to turn off the printer and active board when not in use and donate 4 unused laptops."
Tawni Eisenhart's 5th grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They conducted an energy audit for their classroom to assess how much energy they are using on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Calculations from the audit were used to help identify ways in which they can continue to practice energy efficiency in the classroom.

"We pledge to pick up litter when we see it and dispose of it correctly."
Emily Jones' 5th grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They conducted a litter cleanup around their school grounds, collected almost 20 pounds of trash and making the entire area a cleaner and healthier place for everyone.

"We pledge to only use 0-2 banks of lights a day and instead rely on natural lighting."
Staci Shrum's 5th grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They conducted an energy audit for their classroom to assess how much energy they are using on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Calculations from the audit were used to help identify ways in which they can continue to practice energy efficiency in the classroom.

"We pledge to turn off our overhead lights and use natural lighting whenever possible."
Sheryl Binning's 5th grade class at Northern Heights Elementary completed a Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They conducted an energy audit for their classroom to assess how much energy they are using on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Calculations from the audit were used to help identify ways in which they can continue to practice energy efficiency in the classroom.


Multi-Grade Levels

"We pledge to compost leftover snack scraps in our new worm bin compost."
The after-school homework club at Meadows completed a Waste Prevention project. With help from our friends Beth and Amberose at WSU Extension - Whatcom County, the club now has a functioning worm compost bin for all their leftover food scraps from snack time. During the process, students were able to hold and observe the worms as well as wring out and fluff their new 'bedding'. We even found time to create colorful compostable food to decorate the new bin!

"We pledge to conserve water by using any extra or unwanted water to water our indoor plants."
Jesi Van Leeuwen's K-5th grade class at Bellingham Free Community School completed a Water Conservation project. After their workshop, students created information posters and signs for the City of Bellingham's annual Walk for Water event, which celebrates UN World Water Day.


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