Eastside Catholic Named Level One King County Green School

We are pleased to announce that Eastside Catholic has been recognized as a Level One King County Green School for initiating or 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 benefitted from the program and we were one of eight schools to be recently recognized for our achievements.

Advised by High School Science Teacher Clare Jenkins, seniors Rachel DePencier-Piñero and Julian Narvaez and junior Serena Gilani 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 Ms. Jenkins. “They are living their faith and embracing the Catholic social teaching of Care of God’s Creation. We are looking forward to working towards a Level Two recognition next year.”

Not only did we 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.

Learn more about the King County Green Schools Initiative online.