Green Ribbon Schools
Lake Washington School District- Redmond, Washington- 2019
By 2020, 27 percent of district schools’ heating will come from high-efficiency geothermal. LWSD has the largest solar energy capacity of any district in the state at 615 kilowatts. Waste-reduction and recycling efforts have reduced costs by $120,000 per year since 2008.
All schools recycle and about 75 percent of schools collect organic food waste for composting at a regional facility.
Students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables in lunch garden bars.
Prior to graduation, the typical capstone course for students is physics in the universe, which includes a full unit with standards addressing climate change. LWSD career and technical education courses include environmental science, sustainable design, and urban gardening.
The Lake Washington Parent Teacher School Association (PTSA) Council established a district PTSA Sustainability Committee. The PTSA Sustainability Committee collaborates with the District Green Team, which includes district staff from Support Services and administrators representing instructional programs.
To reach the Green Ribbon Schools status, districts and schools were required to meet three key pillars:
Reducing environmental impacts and costs.
Improving the health and wellness of students and staff.
Providing education on the environment and sustainability while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); civic skills; and green career pathways.
California Casualty Assistant Vice President, Brian Goodman, who will visit each winning school to present a special plaque, said, “We’ve been impressed how Washington students and schools have addressed sustainability and other environmental issues. We are thrilled to support this valuable program and congratulate the four schools who have achieved this prestigious honor.” Mr. Goodman added, “California Casualty has partnered with NEA Member Benefits in Washington since 2001 to serve and support dedicated teachers and educational support professionals who engage and educate students.”
OSPI is also honoring Pullman High School (Pullman School District) as state Green Leader for significant achievements in Green Ribbon Pillar 1.