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Sustainable Schools

Turning learning into action.

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36 Online lessons and hands-on activities developed to support learning Browse our online lessons.

600 5th graders who took action with us to reduce water pollution in 2021 See more student impacts.

975 Students now with teachers who can teach climate science, thanks to the professional development we offer See upcoming PD.

Sustainable Schools works to help all students critically think through the ecological, social, and economic issues of today. We support teachers with opportunities to learn and collaborate to ensure students engage with real-world concerns and authentic solutions.

Science, advocacy and action may bring about sound policies, but education is the key to lasting transformation toward healthy communities and ecosystems. The Sustainable Schools program provides tools for students and educators to become lifelong stewards of both the environment and their community. We are committed to ensuring offerings are developed for all — and inclusive of all — students and educators.

What do we offer?

Green Team Network

The Green Team Network is a free program that supports K-8 students in Whatcom County to work in teams to solve the real-world sustainability issues on school campuses and in their communities. The Green Team Network’s goal is to help students identify the areas where their schools can reduce their impact on the environment by providing the knowledge and tools needed to develop and implement student-chosen, student-led sustainability projects. Learn more.


Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!) is a one-of-a-kind youth empowerment program for high school students that elevates student voices and gives youth key skills to make change in the world. It is student-led and concludes with an environmental action project. Learn more.

ClimeTime and other professional development

As a Washington state clock hour provider, Sustainable Schools offers professional development opportunities to Whatcom County educators. We want teachers and students alike to see firsthand that together our actions make a difference. View upcoming educator workshops.

RE Sources is part of a statewide network of support for climate science learning, called ClimeTime, that exists to provide the tools and resources to help teachers and their students understand climate science issues affecting Washington communities. Learn more about ClimeTime.

Online Resources

Get to know the natural world and experiment with some do-it-yourself projects at home or in the classroom. Browse our online lessons and projects.

Water School

All Bellingham Public School 5th graders participate in Water School where they learn about where our drinking water comes from, what happens at the treatment plants, and what a watershed is. Our educators then help students turn learning into actions such as litter cleanups and creating water conservation education materials.

Since the fall of 2020, Sustainable Schools has been working collaboratively with the City of Bellingham to offer action projects to students who have been learning about Bellingham’s unique water systems.

After completing the coursework, Sustainable Schools offers teachers an authentic project that supports NGSS as a way for students to put their learning into action by helping classrooms work to solve some of the issues they just learned about in the coursework.

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