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King County Green Schools Program honors Auburn schools for resource conservation

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Lakeland Hills Elementary School and Auburn's Green River Montessori School earned recognition in February for their successful conservation practices from the King County Green Schools Program.

Lakeland Hills completed Level One (waste reduction and recycling) and Level Two (energy conservation) actions. The school reached a recycling rate of 64 percent, conducts waste-free Wednesday campaigns in its cafeteria, and student "waste detectives" spot check classrooms and educate their peers about recycling.

Energy Star equipment is used at the school and the student Green Club created a pledge to encourage energy conservation.

At Green River Montessori, staff members conserve energy by using task lighting when possible and consolidating after-school activities into one area.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, from 100 schools participating in 2009-10 to 197 schools participating in the 2013-14 school year. The program also assists school districts, with 12 districts participating.

The program provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and signs, a website, www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools, with helpful tools and resources, and the ongoing support schools need to engage students and staff in conservation actions.

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