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. 

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.


June 2017: Set yourself up for success!
March 2017: Earth Day Action Projects & Volunteer Opportunities
February 2017: Green Classrooms Energy Efficiency
January 2017: Education, Service, and the Environment
October 2016: Challenge your students to practice conservation
June 2016: Last Chances and Thank you's
May 2016: Sustainable Summers Start Now!
April 2016: Earth Month Activities
Spring 2016: Look at us go! World Water Day
March 2016: Water is Life
February 2016: Help us help you: Next Gen. Science Standards
January 2016: Education, Service, and the Environment
December 2015: MLK Day - Serve with Sustainable Schools
October 2015: Fall in Love with Sustainability
September 2015: Join Us: Upcoming Days of Service
Summer 2015: We're Back!
June 2015: Cheers to Another Successful Year
May 2015: It's Not Too Late!
April 2015: Earth Day Opportunities
March 2015: Snowpack? More like NO-pack
February 2015: Your Questions Answered
January 2015: New Year, New Projects, New Ideas

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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Certified Classrooms

Almost 50 classrooms have obtained Green Classroom Certification since the launch of our program in 2014. See what each classroom pledged to change in their classroom and completed as part of their action project to reach certification. 
2013-2014 school year, 2014-2015 school year, and 2015-2016 school year

Waste Prevention

Mark Danielson's 5th grade science students took on invasive ivy removal and litter pickup around Geneva Elementary School. Students not only celebrated Earth Day, but they also completed their Action Project - the last step in our Green Classroom Certification program.Great job 5th graders!
Read more.

With help from our friends at WSU Extension- Whatcom County, the 1st graders at Kendall Elementary completed their Green Classroom Action Project by creating a worm compost bin. Now any leftover food scraps will be transformed into nutrient-rich soil for their school garden. Read more.

A group of students from Squalicum High School completed a waste audit as part of the Toward Zero Waste program and reduced lunchroom waste more than 70%. Read more.

Water Conservation

Two classrooms of 3rd graders at Parkview Elementary work t
o encourage everyday water conservation. By creating, taping, and editing their own videos, the students demonstrate just how easy it is to reduce water consumption in your everyday life. Read more.

News Articles

Service Learning

In honor of Earth Day 2016, 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. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Day 2015, students at Everson and Eagleridge Elementary created recycled paper cards to donate to local school supporters and the Ferndale Food Bank. Read more

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, students at Carl Cozier Elementary cleaned up their slice of the world by participating in a litter pick-up. Read more.

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