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

  • Infographic: 2018-2019 School year by the numbers The Sustainable Schools team had a banner of a year offering its waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and stormwater education curriculums to thousands of students. The team of high ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 12:09 PM by Simon Bakke
  • Youth Activists Use Artistic Flair to Raise Awareness about Threats to Endangered Orcas  By Sasha Savoian, Education SpecialistYouth voices matter.That’s what these 12 high school students set off to learn as they channeled their passions with paint to raise awareness ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2019, 9:42 AM by Simon Bakke
  • VIDEO: How these 3rd graders are being waste- and energy-conscious You won't want to miss the creative tip about carpooling around the 3-minute mark.After participating in energy and waste workshops through the Green Classrooms program, Kendall Elementary ...
    Posted May 29, 2019, 2:19 PM by Simon Bakke
  • Press Release: Bellingham third graders clean up Squalicum Beach May 2 to protect birds and animals from eating trash FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 26th, 2019 Media Contact: Serena Auriemma, Green Classrooms Coordinator,, (360) 733-8307 Bellingham third graders clean up Squalicum Beach May 2 to ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2019, 12:50 PM by Simon Bakke
  • VIDEO: 1st grade water conservation tips from Green Classrooms Cute and conscientious! Watch these first grade classrooms at Columbia Elementary School in Bellingham act out some easy tips to save water at home.
    Posted Mar 6, 2019, 9:01 AM by Simon Bakke
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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