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Our  educators can offer your class in-person hands-on workshops or remote interactive workshops via Google Meets, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.


Sustainable Auburn - Reduce waste and recycle right:

Elementary School Classroom PresentationWhether remotely or in-person our team is ready to work with you and your students this school year.

Students will use critical thinking, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to identify problems and discuss solutions involving concepts of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.

In-class opportunity:  In person, 50-60 minute  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!

Remote opportunities:  Live remote, 30-40 minute workshop exploring waste reduction and recycling. A professional educator will lead a class on a discussion of sustainability focusing on waste reduction and recycling. The workshop uses games and visuals to introduce sustainable choices and waste reduction messaging.

Resources:  Supplemental Sustainable Auburn materials for teachers available upon request.

  • Online Sustainable Auburn video and supplement student activity sheet
  • Kahoot! trivial game, designed as a supplemental, self-guided, online educational activity for students
To request a workshop or materials, see below.

Hazards on the Homefront: Household Hazardous Products and Safer Choices

Whether remotely or in-person our team is ready to work with you and your students this school year.

In these workshops, students are introduced to the importance of identifying household hazardous products. Students will learn how to identify hazards in common household products, understand the importance of reading a product label before use, and safe disposal options. Most importantly, classes will discover safer alternatives they can share and use to keep themselves and their families safer at home.

Students will engage in critical thinking around science and sustainability and apply STEM strategies to make real-life decisions about hazardous products. The WA Office of Super intendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) approved this lesson as a supplemental curriculum for local classrooms. The workshop features adapted materials for English Language Learners.

In-class opportunities:  In person, 50-60 minute hands-on workshop featuring label reading activities with real product containers.  Students will review safe disposal options and recognize the dangers of look-alike products. 

Remote opportunity:  Live virtual, 30-45 minute workshop. A professional educator will guide the class through a discussion of household hazardous products. The presentation includes label reading activities and games, safer choice discussions, and features time for student questions.

Resources:  Supplemental Sustainable Auburn materials for teachers available upon request.

  • Online Household Hazardous Products video and supplement student activity sheet
  • Kahoot! trivial game, designed as a supplemental, self-guided, online educational activity for students

To request a workshop or materials, see below.


To schedule a presentation or request supplemental student materials

Remote and in-class presentations are available for the 2021-2022 school year but don't delay – space is limited! For in-class presentations, we ask that a minimum of three classes be schedule per school visit. 

Please send an email or call Phoebi at 206-583-0655 Ext 111 (or toll free at 1-800-227-0977). 

Information and funding for these workshops and materials is provided by grants from the King County Solid Waste Department, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, and Department of Ecology.


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.
  • EarthGen, formerly called 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.