Green Classroom Accomplishments 2016-2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:15 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 4:40 PM by RE Sources Education ]
Congratulations to the following classrooms who have received their Green Classroom Certification in 2016-2017! See what amazing things these classes have accomplished below. This blog post will be updated throughout the year as new classrooms complete their certification.


Kindergarten

“We pledge to dry our hands-on towel, use scrap paper, recycle paper and teach our families about recycling”
Laura Boynton’s kindergarten classroom did the waste prevention program and learned about the harmful impacts littering and landfills have on the environment. They sorted through trash with Ricky the Raccoon and put the waste in the correct bins. For their action project, the classroom conducted a litter clean up around their school.

“We pledge to bring reusable materials into class for crafts.”

Teresa Udo’s kindergarten classroom (left) did the waste prevention program and learned about the harmful impacts littering and landfills have on the environment. They sorted through trash with Ricky the Raccoon and put the waste in the correct bins. For their action project, the classroom conducted a litter clean up around their school. (Left)

“We pledge to create a one-sided recycle bin so they can be used again and not wasted.”
Sabrina Hauch’s kindergarten classroom sorted recyclables with Ricki the Raccoon and learned about how littering can harm our environment. After the waste prevention workshop, three kindergarten classrooms joined forces and completed a litter clean up around their school.

“We pledge to refill our water bottles.”
Karen Tesheras’ kindergarten classroom sorted recyclables with Ricki the Raccoon and learned about how littering can harm our environment. After the waste prevention workshop, three kindergarten classrooms joined forces and completed a litter clean up around their school.


First Grade







“We pledge to put all our scrap paper in the recycle bin.” 
Marla Reimer’s 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary (left) completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing different ways to reduce our waste, like reducing the amount of garbage we make in the first place, the students performed a litter clean up around their school. The students learned how harmful litter can be to the animals and the surrounding environment. (Left)

“We pledge to reuse, reduce and recycle.” 
Susan Kelley’s 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary (left) completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing the harmful impacts of litter on our environment and different ways to reduce our waste, like, reducing the amount of garbage we make in the first place, the students performed a litter clean up, picking up trash around their school.

“We pledge to recycle all of our paper” 
Emily Hie’s 1st grade class at Kendall Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. After discussing the harmful impacts of litter on our environment, and different ways to reduce our waste, the students performed a litter clean up, picking up trash around their school.

“We pledge to reduce the water usage in our classroom by shutting off the water while washing hands or desks.”
Erika Wayerski’s 1st grade students at Birchwood Elementary completed the water conservation program. The students learned about the water cycle and how they can conserve water at home and in the classroom. The students made water conservation posters that were displayed during the Cities’ Walk for Water event that happened in March of 2017.

“We pledge to turn off the faucet when we scrub our hands with soap.”

Valerie Califf’s 1st grade students at Birchwood Elementary (left) completed the water conservation program. The students learned about the water cycle and how they can conserve water at home and in the classroom. The students made water conservation posters that were displayed during the Cities’ Walk for Water event that happened in March of 2017. 

“We pledge to work to conserve water and raise our awareness of how people around the world meet their need for water.”

Morgan Kelley's 1st grade students at Birchwood Elementary completed the water conservation program. The students learned about the water cycle and how they can conserve water at home and in the classroom. The students made water conservation posters that were displayed during the Cities’ Walk for Water event that happened in March of 2017.



Second Grade

“We pledge to turn down the heat and wear more coats.”
Kirsten Zoba's 2nd grade class at Cascadia Elementary completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. The students made energy bursts reminder pledges to take home to remind their families how to save energy.

“We pledge to turn off the lights when we leave the classroom.”
Kerry Brehan's 2nd grade class at Cascadia Elementary completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. The students made energy bursts reminder pledges to take home to remind their families how to save energy.

“We pledge to turn off the lights every time we leave the classroom.”
Diane Dodd's 2nd grade class at Cascadia Elementary completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. The students made energy bursts reminder pledges to take home to remind their families how to save energy.

“We pledge to REUSE both sides of paper before recyling it.”

Becky Pederson’s 2nd classroom at Irene Reither Elementary (left) completed the waste prevention program where they learned about how they can send less waste to landfills. For their action project, the students made paper from recycled paper! 

“We pledge to Recycle classroom garbage.”
Kathryn Otten’s 2nd classroom at Irene Reither Elementary completed the waste prevention program where they learned about how they can send less waste to landfills. For their action project, the students made paper from recycled paper. 

“We pledge to reuse paper. “
KC Rhodes’ 2nd classroom at Irene Reither Elementary completed the waste prevention program where they learned about how they can send less waste to landfills. For their action project, the students made paper from recycled paper.

“We pledge to compost our paper towels.”
Scarlett Ballard’s 2nd grade classroom at Irene Reither Elementary completed the waste prevention program where the students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills. For their action project, the students made paper from recycled paper.

“We pledge to not waste water at home and at school.”

Annie Welch’s 2nd grade classroom (left) completed the water conservation program. The students learned about why it is important to conserve water and how harmful litter and pollutants can be on the wildlife and ecosystems. For their action project, the students created educational posters to inform other students about water conservation. 


“We pledge to use scrap paper instead of new paper whenever we can.”

Morgan Clark’s 2nd grade classroom (left) completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about landfills and why we all need to reduce, reuse and recycle more. For their action project, the students performed a litter clean up around their school.



“We pledge to turn off the lights when we leave the room and keep the classroom at 67 F or lower to save energy.”
Bethany Buroff’s 2nd grade classroom (left) completed the energy efficiency program. The students learned about renewable vs. non-renewable energy sources and what is considered “clean” energy and what is considered “dirty” energy. They played a memory game, and created energy burst take home pledges for their action project to remind themselves and family how to save energy at home. 

“We pledge to turn of the water while washing our hands”
Wendy Colby’s 2nd grade classroom completed the Water Conservation Program. After learning about the water cycle and playing water conservation bingo, the students create water droplet take home pledges to remind themselves and their family how to save water while at home!

“We pledge to never litter our whole lives long.”
Anne Franzmann’s 2nd grade classroom completed the Waste Prevention Program. The students learned about the harmful impacts of landfills and how to avoid making landfill bound waste. The students were already learning about reducing, reusing and recycling at school so this program was a perfect ending to their Environmental unit! The students made paper from old recycled paper as their action project! Ms. Franzmann’s class also performed a litter clean up along Birchwood Avenue and collected over 12 lbs. of trash from the sides of the street.

“We will be mindful of the ways we can reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and refuse at school and at home.” 
Rachel Smith’s 2nd grade classroom (left) completed the Waste Prevention Program. The students learned about the harmful impacts of landfills and how to avoid making landfill bound waste. The students were already learning about reducing, reusing and recycling at school so this program was a perfect ending to their Environmental unit! The students made paper from old recycled paper as their action project!

“We pledge to sort our waste into garbage, recycling and compost after lunch every day.”
Emily Bruland’s 2nd grade classroom completed the Waste Prevention Program. The students learned about the harmful impacts of landfills and how to avoid making landfill bound waste. The students were already learning about reducing, reusing and recycling at school so this program was a perfect ending to their Environmental unit! The students made paper from old recycled paper as their action project!

“We promise to always turn off the water when we leave it on.”

Jeff Jacobs 2nd grade class at Columbia Elementary (left) completed the Water Conservation Program. The students brainstormed ways they could save water in the classroom and at home and ended up making water droplet take-home pledges to remind themselves and their family how to save water at the house. 


“To not waste water at the water fountain.”

Tammy Alejandre’s 2nd graders (left) did the Water Conservation Program. We talked about the water cycle and made water conservation bracelets to remind us the phases of the water cycle. The students decided to make water droplet take home pledges to remind themselves and their family to save water while at home. 


“We pledge to use natural light when we can.”

Wendy Colby’s 2nd grade class completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. After learning about ways they can practice energy efficiency in the classroom and at home, the class made recycled paper!

“We pledge to use our leftover water to water the plants.”
Diane Dodd’s 2nd graders at Cascadia Elementary completed their second program with the Green Classrooms. They did the water conservation program and learned about the water cycle and played water conservation bingo! The classroom made posters that were hung up around the school to educate their school mates on how to protect and save water.

“We pledge to water our plants with leftover water from our water bottles.”
Kerry Brehan’s 2nd graders at Cascadia Elementary completed their second program with the Green Classrooms. They did the water conservation program and learned about the water cycle and played water conservation bingo! The classroom made posters that were hung up around the school to educate their school mates on how to protect and save water.

“We pledge to use our leftover water to water the plants.”
Kirsten Zoba’s 2nd graders at Cascadia Elementary completed their second program with the Green Classrooms. They did the water conservation program and learned about the water cycle and played water conservation bingo! The classroom made posters that were hung up around the school to educate their school mates on how to protect and save water.

“We pledge to reduce waste by composting in the classroom and using the back side of used paper.”

Allison Alexanders 2nd graders at Silver Beach Elementary (left) completed the waste prevention program. They saw how recyclables get sorted and learned about the problems with landfills. For their action project, the students made paper from recycled paper. They learned to reuse paper and how paper is made on a very small scale.




“We pledge to reduce and save paper by using scrap paper and paper with space from the recycle bin.”

Lisa Conlon’s 2nd graders (left) completed the waste prevention program. After learning about the harmful impacts of landfills, the students put together a classroom worm bin! The students got to make the bedding for the worms, dig through dirt and make scientific observations and they made educational posters to remind each other what can and cannot go into the worm bins. This worm bin will prevent the classrooms left over food scraps from going to the landfill. 

“We pledge to compost everything that is compostable.”

Elise Mueller’s 2nd graders completed the waste prevention program. After learning about the harmful impacts of landfills, the students put together a classroom worm bin! The students got to make the bedding for the worms, dig through dirt and make scientific observations and they made educational posters to remind each other what can and cannot go into the worm bins. This worm bin will prevent the classrooms left over food scraps from going to the landfill. 

“We pledge to use art supplies that are not used often.”

Wendy Colby’s 2nd grade classroom completed the Waste Prevention Program. The students learned about landfills and the harmful effects they have on the environment. We talked about the solutions on how we can send less “stuff” to landfills, including REDUCING, by not making the garbage in the first place!


“We pledge to make less Waste.”
Kristy Tice’s 2nd grade crew did the waste prevention program. The students learned about the harmful impacts of landfills and got a virtual tour of a recycling facility. As their action projects, the students made paper from used paper that would otherwise have been recycled; they reused it instead!



Third Grade

“We pledge to use the sun's heat to warm our classroom.” 

Liane Koester’s 3rd grade classroom (left) completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. After engaging in a conversation about Energy efficient cars and learning about clean and dirty energy sources, the students created energy burst reminder pledges for take home. 

“Make educational posters and perform water audit with pre and post survey of which class refill their water bottles the most.” 
Marca Kidwell-Babcock’s two 3rd grade classroom completed the Water Conservation program. Both classrooms learned about actions that waste and save water. Her two classrooms made educational posters to put up around the school and performed water audits seeing which classrooms in the school refilled their water bottles the most.

“We pledge to turn off the water while lathering our hands when washing.” 
Mimi Saunders’s 3rd grade classroom completed the Water Conservation Program. After learning about ways to save water and what makes the water polluted, the class decided to pick up garbage. Three 3rd grade classrooms did a collaborative litter clean and picked up trash around their school!

“We pledge to turn of the water while washing our hands and pick up litter when we see it.
Isabel Machuca-Kelley’s 3rd grade classroom (completed the Water Conservation Program. After learning about ways to save water and what makes the water polluted, the class decided to pick up garbage. Three 3rd grade classrooms did a collaborative litter clean and picked up trash around their school!

“We pledge to bring our water bottles to school so we don’t waste water at the drinking fountain between sips.”
Rachel Frere’s 3rd grade classroom completed the Water Conservation Program. After learning about ways to save water and what makes the water polluted, the class decided to pick up garbage. Three 3rd grade classrooms did a collaborative litter clean and picked up trash around their school!

“We pledge to use only 2 clicks of paper towels and to think about our compost and garbage before we leave our lunchroom seat.”

Jamie Kamrath’s 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to use 2 clicks of paper towels at the restroom. We will sort our compost at lunch without help.”
Robb McKay 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to use only 2 clicks of paper towels dispensers in our school.”
Amber Brouillette’s 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to use only 2-3 clicks of paper towels and think before you dump your food, about what can be composted.”
Ricki Moynihan-Downs' 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to use only 2 clicks of paper towels and to follow the lunch-room recycling posters.”
Julie Arps' 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to Start a scrap paper bin.”

Keith Gasper's 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters to go up around the school to educate others about making less waste!

“We pledge to use less paper towels at the restroom and in class (2 clicks) and to compost without help from an adult.”
Liz Hank’s 3rd grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The students learned about how they can send less waste to landfills by recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting. The students made educational posters for the school about making less waste!


Fourth Grade

“We pledge to get a class compost bin so that we can sort our waste properly, to make it so we have as little trash as possible.”
Adam Shaffer’s 4th grade classroom at Irene Reither Elementary completed the waste prevention program. The class played Jeopardy to learn about how they can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The classroom got to dig through garbage for their waste audit action project and saw how much waste could be diverted from the landfill by simply recycling and composting.

“We pledge to recycle more efficiently.”

Kelly Williams 4th grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The class played Jeopardy to learn about how they can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The classroom got to dig through garbage for their waste audit action project and saw how much waste could be diverted from the landfill by simply recycling and composting.

“We pledge to have a classroom compost bin and a job in charge of it.”
Hallie Whitsell’s 4th grade classroom completed the waste prevention program. The class played Jeopardy to learn about how they can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The classroom got to dig through garbage for their waste audit action project and saw how much waste could be diverted from the landfill by simply recycling and composting.


“We pledge to A.C.T: Awareness: Tell others water is important for life. Conserve: Use less water every day. Take Action: Keep pollutants out of our water supply.”
 
Seven 4th grade classrooms at Blaine Elementary; Mr. Riley, Ms. Keiper, Mr. Jensen, Ms. Bennett, Ms. Tennyson, Ms. Lawrance, and Ms. Schulz, completed our special waste prevention/water conservation program designed just for them, with emphasis on groundwater. The students made ‘edible aquifers’ to learn how underground water works and about how easily that water can become polluted. The students learned about the different pollutants and how we can keep the water clean. The students competed in a poster contest to raise awareness about water conservation and took part in an awards assembly with prizes given to contest winner. This program was done in collaboration with The City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District and the posters were judged by local dignitaries.

“We pledge to turn off or down the lights.”
Rebecca Lawrance’s 4th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change program. The students learned how greenhouse gasses are causing global warming and climate change, and how we can help reduce carbon emissions. We played a game where the students came up with a list of solutions to climate change. The students created energy burst- take home pledges to remind themselves to save energy at home!

“We pledge to buy more local foods to reduce carbon emissions.”

Amy Keiper’s 4th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change program. The students learned how greenhouse gasses are causing global warming and climate change and how we can help reduce carbon emissions. We played a game where the students came up with a list of solutions to climate change. For their action project, this classroom learned about soil & compost and how soil stores carbon! It is a natural carbon sink! They also got to dig through some compost and identify different critters!

“We pledge to recycle all our paper after using the back side of our paper.”

Sean Riley 4th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change program. The students learned how greenhouse gasses are causing global warming and climate change and how we can help reduce carbon emissions. We played a game where the students came up with a list of solutions to climate change. This classroom’s action project included making zine’s to educate their friends about energy efficiency and global warming.


“We pledge to turn off lights when we leave the classroom and turn off document camera and overhead projector when we leave the classroom.”
J.J Jensen’s 4th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change program. The students learned how greenhouse gasses are causing global warming and climate change and how we can help reduce carbon emissions. We played a game where the students came up with a list of solutions to climate change. For their action project, this class created educational posters that were hung up in the halls to remind teachers and students to save energy and why that is important!

“We pledge to use reusable water bottles.”

Ms. Schulz’s 4th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change program. The students learned how greenhouse gasses are causing global warming and climate change and how we can help reduce carbon emissions. We played a game where the students came up with a list of solutions to climate change. For their action project, this class created a collaborative banner filled with all different sorts of methods on how to save energy!

Fifth Grade

“We pledge to unplug our Christmas lights during recess and lunch and use natural light when we can.”
Staci Shrum’s 5th grade classroom (left) completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program.  They played the board game "Choices" and learned about air pollution, greenhouse gases, global warming, climate change, and how we can all make an impact by practicing energy efficiency. The class then did an energy audit and found out how much energy they use on a daily basis.


“We pledge to create a job to turn off and unplug all electronic devices.”
Tawni Eisenhart’s 5th grade classroom completed the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. They played the board game "Choices" and learned about air pollution, greenhouse gases, global warming, climate change, and how we can all make an impact by practicing energy efficiency. The class then did an energy audit and found out how much energy they use on a daily basis.

“We pledge to use less paper.” 
Denise Guessford’s 5th grade classroom completed the waste prevention program! We played a waste Jeopardy game and learned about recycling, reusing and reducing. The students did a litter clean-up for their action project and picked up about 5 lbs of trash from around their school.


About Green Classrooms

Our free Green Classrooms 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.
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