News and Updates

Community involvement and recognition allow us to share the amazing accomplishments of our student and teacher participants. The Sustainable Schools team tries to share as many of the amazing projects happening around Whatcom County as we can. Below find links to news articles, blogs, and our most recent newsletters — and remember, none of this would have been possible without our amazing participants. 


Sustainable Schools Blog

  • Teaching STEM streamside and in the Classroom By Andrea ReiterAfter completing the Young Water Stewards program in my 15th classroom this year, a Ferndale High School student asked me what my favorite part about teaching this ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 10:42 AM by Hannah Coughlin
  • Upcycled: Art and science students find creative uses for waste By Sasha Savoian, Education SpecialistWhat can you make from materials otherwise destined for the landfill? Sustainable Schools new waste prevention workshop, Upcycled, allows middle and high schools students in ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:55 PM by Simon Bakke
  • Green Classrooms programs updated, using your input! By Isis Gamble, Green Classroom Coordinator (AmeriCorps)Teachers—we hear you! Thanks to your awesome feedback on our Green Classrooms program, we have been able to update all three lessons ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 3:56 PM by Simon Bakke
  • Sustainable Schools: clean water education in Whatcom County Stormwater runoff is Washington’s biggest source of pollution.  Stormwater can contain bacteria, trash, oil, toxic chemicals, viruses, dirt, and many other pollutants; collectively called non-point source pollution. When ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 2:00 PM by Hannah Coughlin
  • 21st Century Kids Take On a 21st Century Problem: Non-Point Source Pollution by Andrea Reiter, Education Specialist, Sustainable Schools Program Do you know what non-point source pollution is? How about the effects of non-point source pollution has on water quality ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 12:49 PM by Hannah Coughlin
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Current highlight: Irene Reither Elementary Lunchroom Revamp

The staff at Irene Reither recognize that improving students' understanding and awareness of global issues isn't confined to the classroom , but every interaction students have from the time they arrive to school to the time they head home. John Picht, a custodian at Irene Reither, noticed there was a great opportunity in the cafeteria to both expand students' awareness and improve waste management for the school. Read more.


News Articles

Service Learning

In honor of Earth Day, Valerie Smith and Anne Franzmann's 1st grade classrooms from Birchwood Elementary participated in a litter cleanup at Squalicum Beach. Students, volunteers from the Bellingham Kiwanis Club, and Congressman Rick Larsen joined efforts to collect over 40 pounds of trash and an entire bike. We made news in both the Bellingham Herald and the Bellingham School District page. Also for Earth Day, students at Carl Cozier Elementary cleaned up their slice of the world by participating in a litter pick-up. Read more.

Students at Everson and Eagleridge Elementary created recycled paper cards to donate to local school supporters and the Ferndale Food Bank for Martin Luther King Day. Read more