Schools - Environmental Education

Sustainable Auburn - Reduce waste and recycle right:

Elementary School Classroom PresentationStudents will use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to identify problems and design solutions involving concepts of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. The workshop uses hands-on activities to emphasize choices students can make at home and at school to help protect our environment. Students will leave the workshop with tools to help your school go green! Presentations are 50-60 minutes. 

Hazards on the Homefront: Household Hazardous Products and Safer Choices

In this 55-minute hands-on workshop students use real product containers to learn how to identify hazards in common household products, read product labels, safe disposal options, and recognize the dangers of look-alike products. Most importantly, they discover safer alternatives they can use to keep themselves and their families safer at home.

This workshop engages students in science and sustainability, adapts materials and methods for English Language Learners, and applies STEM strategies in teaching students to make real-life decisions about their home and our environment. The WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) approved this lesson as a supplemental curriculum for local classrooms.

To schedule a presentation or for more information, please send an email or call Phoebi at 206-583-0655 Ext 111 (or toll free at 1-800-227-0977) with your preferred date(s) and class schedule. We ask that a minimum of three classes be scheduled per school visit. Presentations are available March-June 2020 but don't delay – space is limited!

Information and funding for this material provided by a grant from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

King County Education & Schools Assistance

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Program - storybook reading
  • Elementary School Program - school assembly with classroom presentation or assistance with a Green Team project.
  • Secondary School Program - classroom presentation or assistance with a Green Team project.
  • Heroes' at Schools Program - get recognition for your school's environmental accomplishments.

King County Green Schools Program

Join more than 200 schools and 12 school districts in King County that have received assistance from the program, improved their conservation practices, involved students in conservation and outreach efforts, and received recognition!

Read about the program mission, the assistance and supplies provided by the program and program steps in How it Works.

Check out the success stories about schools and districts that have completed program levels since 2009. Also see success stories about districts and schools that participated prior to 2009, and read participant comments.

The Auburn School District partners with The King County Green Schools Program. Interested in starting a green schools program? Contact your school administrator, then contact Scott Weide, the Auburn School District's Resource Conservation Manager via email or at 253-931-4955.

Auburn School District Green Schools or Auburn School District Resource Conservation webpages.

Other Green Team & Environmental Resources

  • 2017 U of WA Livable Cities, Auburn School District Food Waste Reduction Project - School cafeterias generate a significant amount of wasted food. An estimated 30 to 50 percent of edible food in schools is not eaten by students and is instead sent to landfills or composting facilities. The purpose of this University of Washington Livable Cities project was to work with the Auburn School District (ASD) on current cafeteria and kitchen solid waste to inform a pilot School Food Share Program and to help identify effective waste reduction strategies. Students made suggested actions schools could take to reduce and recycle overall waste, including wasted food, and offered recommendations for what could be donated from schools as edible food products. View more information on the 2016-2017 Livable City Year Partnership with the City of Auburn.
  • Washington (State) Green Schools Program - Provides resources and tools to involve students, teachers, and community members in assessing and taking action to increase resource conservation and waste reduction in schools.
  • Washington State Department of Ecology, Ecology for Educators & Students - Provides environmental education materials for classroom teachers and students' research, community educators' programs and for individuals choosing to make a difference.

Contacts for Information & Assistance

  • City of Auburn Solid Waste Customer Care Specialist - email Kathleen Edman or call 253-931-3047
  • Auburn School District's Resource Conservation Manager - email Scott Weide or call 253-931-4955.