Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) has been recognized as a Level One King County Green School for improving waste reduction and recycling practices. The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts engage their students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. Over 250 private and public schools across King County have benefited from the program.
Left to right: junior Serena Gilani (Bellevue), senior Julian Narvaez (Redmond), senior Rachel DePencier-Piñero (Sammamish)
Advised by High School Science Teacher Clare Jenkins, seniors Rachel DePencier-Piñero (Sammamish) and Julian Narvaez (Redmond) and junior Serena Gilani (Bellevue) were instrumental in achieving this award. On behalf of the school, the students applied to the King County Green Schools Program and conducted a waste audit giving them with the necessary information to educate the school community on proper compost, trash and recycling habits.
“I am very proud of our Green Team for taking a leadership role in guiding the school to a Level One King County Green School,” said Mrs. Jenkins. “They are living their faith and embracing the Catholic social teaching regarding Care of God’s Creation. We are looking forward to working towards a Level Two recognition next year.”
In their announcement, King County Green Schools Program outlined the specific qualities of Eastside Catholic that led to the Level One recognition. Not only did the school achieve a 68 percent recycling rate but the student-formed Green Team shared information on how to pack a waste-free lunch with parents, teachers and students. The team also created posters to educate the school community about waste reduction and recycling and shared a video with middle and high school classes on the benefits of waste reduction and recycling.
“Participating schools are initiating or improving sustainable practices and encouraging students and employees to engage in actions to reduce paper use, reduce food waste, conserve energy and water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Green Schools Program Manager Dale Alekel.
Learn more about the King County Green Schools Initiative.
About Eastside Catholic School
Eastside Catholic School is a Catholic faith-based educational community where students in grades six through 12 learn to integrate their thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual excellence, nurture relationships and inspire a life of leadership and service to others. Founded by parents in 1980, the school is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. Eastside Catholic is the only seven-year, co-educational Catholic school on the Eastside and offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Eastside Catholic School enrolls 930 students, employs 120 faculty and staff members and has an alumni base of more than 4,600.