Certified Classrooms

Congratulations to the following classrooms who have attained their Green Classroom Certification for one or more of the last 3 school years! See what amazing things all these classes have accomplished below, and click the available links to see some of the amazing projects. Keep scrolling to see what last year's classrooms accomplished.



2015-2016 Classrooms

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."

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 with the poster below.






"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. Ms. Lawrance had our 2nd place winner, Ava, who won with the poster below.







"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. Mrs. Bennett had our 3rd place winner, Lexi, who won with the poster below.






"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



2014-2015 Classrooms

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!




"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 YouTube page to see them all.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJhPW8jojrLWcze8ChAy8wA



"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!




"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."

Ms. Keiper's 4th grade class 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!

(1st place winner with Harry Robinson, Mayor of Blaine)



"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mr. Maxim's 4th grade class 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!

(2nd place winner with Patrick Alesse, District County Commissioner)



"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mrs. Schulz's 4th grade class 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!

(3rd place winner with Haley Mountain, Green Classroom Coordinator)



"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mr. Dickson's 4th grade class 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!




"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mrs. Tennyson's 4th grade class 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!



"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mr. Jensen's 4th grade class 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!




"We pledge to A.C.T. - Practice Awareness and Conservation while Taking Action to keep our drinking water source clean and abundant."

Mrs. Nowakowski's 4th grade class 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!



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.







2013-2014 Classrooms

Congratulations to the following classrooms who have attained their certification as a Green Classroom for the 2013-2014 school year! See what amazing things all these classes have accomplished below, and click the available links to see some of the amazing projects!



Kindergarten

"We pledge to start composting more consistently in the classroom."

Susan Davis' Kindergarten class at Columbia Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They made posters about ways to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” and shared their learning with other classrooms.



1st Grade

"We pledge to start composting in the classroom."

Doss Herndon-Schepper's 1st grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary participated in a Waste Prevention project. They produced and shared a campaign video that talked about composting in the classroom. The goal was to teach others about composting and recruit other classrooms to join them in their class pledge. Click on the video below to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8UlEZszpxM&feature=youtu.be



"We Pledge to turn off the water when we brush our teeth and wash our hands."

Franzmann's 1st Grade class at Cordata Elementary completed an educational Water Conservation project. They hung up posters around there school promoting the sustainable consumption and use of water.



"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands."

Per Junkerman's 1st grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary completed a Water Conservation project. They sent appeals to the school PTA for help with installing a school rain barrel and managed to get one installed in the school garden. They now water the garden themselves three times a week with the water collected from the rain barrel.





"We pledge to use less lighting and unplug electronics when not in use."

Kelly Morgan's 1st grade class at Cordata Elementary created an educational Energy Efficiency and Climate Change campaign. They brainstormed ways to reduce power use and “unplug” during the summer. They put up posters in the hallways to share their strategies with others.



"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands."

Rachel Smith's 1st grade class at Cordata Elementary created a Water Conservation project. They made “reminder cups” to place next to their sinks at home to help them be more mindful of their water use and remember all the different ways to reduce their consumption.





2nd Grade

"We pledge to turn off the lights and computers when they aren't in the room."

Elise Mueller's 2nd grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary started an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change challenge for their school. They became Power Rangers and carried their pledge out to the rest of the building. Whenever they see lights or electronics on that are not in use, they turn them off.



"We pledge to take better care of our classroom school supplies."

Lisa Conlon's 2nd grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary completed a Waste Prevention project. They collected data about pencils and erasers found in classrooms around the school to see how well students were taking care of supplies, how this relates to the amount of waste produced, and how the demand for new supplies uses up valuable resources. See more.





"We pledge to start recycling paper and composting food scraps."

Linda Young's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary created an educational Waste Prevention campaign. They posted posters around their school encouraging sustainable practices and waste reduction



"We pledge to start composting in the classroom."

Julia Ritchie's 2nd grade class at Geneva Elementary created an educational Waste Prevention campaign. They created posters about composting in the classroom, trying to get other classrooms to join them in their pledge.





"We pledge to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!"

Kathy Lorson-Howell's 2nd Grade class at Geneva participated in a Waste Reduction project. They created posters in honor of Earth Day that encouraged waste reduction and hung them around the school.



3rd Grade

"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands."

Joyce Sweeney's 3rd grade class at Columbia Elementary created an educational Water Conservation campaign. They made posters to hang in the hallways and bathrooms and went into other classrooms to talk about the importance of remembering to turn off the faucet when you’re done washing your hands.




"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands and when we are done washing them."
Marca Babcock's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary created an educational Water Conservation campaign. They made posters about the importance of their pledge and posted them around the school, particularly near bathrooms.



"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands and when we are done washing them."

Jill Cofer's 3rd grade class at Parkview Elementary created an educational Water Conservation campaign. They made posters about the importance of their pledge and posted them around the school, particularly near bathrooms.



"We pledge to turn the water off while we are soaping our hands."

Alasia Canares' 3rd grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary created a Water Conservation project. They held a poster contest to pick the best posters for sharing what they learned. They then put the winning posters up around the school to spread awareness of ways to conserve water.




4th grade

"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands"

Becky Wiederhold' s 4th/5th grade class at Columbia Elementary participated in a Water Conservation project. They labeled stormwater drains in the Columbia neighborhood.




"We Pledge to turn off lights when not in use and turn off all electronics at the end of the day."

Ben Scherrer's 4th grade class at Carl Cozier Elementary participated in an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They participated in an Earth Day litter pick up and waste audit for the general area surrounding the school. This project made the news! You can see the Herald article HERE!



"We pledge to use less lighting and turn off electronics when not in use."

Joe Anderson's 4th grade class at Wade King Elementary explored an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change topic. They conducted research projects related to their focus area and shared their findings with other classes.



"We pledge to turn off lights and gadgets when they’re not in use." 

Todd Denton's 4th grade class at Wade King Elementary explored an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change topic. They conducted research projects related to their focus area and shared their findings with other classes.



"We pledge to turn off the water while we are soaping our hands."

Shannon Sampson's 4th/5th grade class at Columbia Elementary participated in a Water Conservation project. They labeled stormwater drains in the Columbia neighborhood.





"We pledge to turn off lights and gadgets when they’re not in use."

Tiffany Gutierrez' 4th grade class at Wade King Elementary explored an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change topic. They conducted research projects related to their focus area and shared their findings with other classes.



5th Grade

"We pledge to pay more attention to the bins in the lunchroom and to use them correctly."

Laura Britt's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary participated in an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They planted native species trees on school property to encourage the restoration of local habitat and wildlife.




"We pledge to start composting in the classroom."

Lara Stark's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary participated in an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They planted native species trees on school property to encourage the restoration of local habitat and wildlife.



"We pledge to pay more attention to the bins in the lunchroom and to use them correctly."

Mark Danielson's 5th grade class at Geneva Elementary participated in an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change project. They planted native species trees on school property to encourage the restoration of local habitat and wildlife.





"We pledge to turn off lights when they’re not in use."

Nate Cornelson's 5th grade class at Wade King Elementary started an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change campaign. They did an educational campaign about the differences between conventional and CFL bulbs and explained the benefits of CFLs.



"We pledge to decrease paper waste by using more scrap paper."

Gretchen Howard's 5th grade class at Wade King Elementary created an Energy Efficiency and Climate Change campaign. They did an educational campaign about the differences between conventional and CFL bulbs and the benefits of CFLs.



"We pledge to turn off the computers in the hallway at the end of the school day."

Molly Foote's 5th grade class at Wade King Elementary created a school-wide Energy Efficiency and Climate Change program. They assumed responsibility of taking out all of the school’s recycling to observe how much recyclable material the school actually produced, as well as what could be recycled.