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

  • 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
  • Ideas for your students to serve in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21st by Natalie Lord, Sustainable Schools Education Specialist“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School is out on Monday, January 21st and it’s ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 4:17 PM by Hannah Coughlin
  • Students research how our watershed is connected to orca survival by Natalie Lord, Young Water Stewards Education SpecialistTracing orca population decline down the food chainLooking through the lens of a pressing issue in our region, students in the ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2019, 5:42 PM by Simon Bakke
  • Protecting What We Love: Whatcom Students are up to the Challenge! School started across Whatcom County in late August and early September. I don’t know about you, but that feels like a lifetime ago! We at Sustainable Schools have a ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2018, 4:01 PM by Hannah Coughlin
  • Easing the Burden on People and the Environment at Birchwood Elementary by Sasha Savoian, Sustainable Schools Education SpecialistPurchasing clothing for the new school year can cause financial strain on families but children grow so much year to year it becomes ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2018, 12:04 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