Success Story: Bryn Mawr Elementary School

  • School District: Renton
    School Location: Unincorporated King County
    Began participating in the Green Schools Program: September 2011
    Level One of the Green Schools Program: May 2012 

    Waste Reduction and Recycling

    • As of May 2012, Bryn Mawr has increased its recycling rate from 18 percent to 50 percent.
    • The school began the 2011-12 year with a school-wide assembly and classroom workshops provided by King County.
    • Teachers Pamela Moore and Laura Grant gave a presentation to all staff in December 2011 to introduce them to the Green Schools Program.
    • A green ambassador was chosen from each class to help oversee Bryn Mawr’s new milk carton recycling and waste disposal program.
    • Three 5th grade students assumed responsibility for helping Rod Kempf, lunch custodian, with the lunchroom recycling program.
    • The school is working to reduce food waste in the lunchroom by encouraging students to take only what they will eat, drink their milk, and use the share table for unwanted items.
    • Re-use paper boxes have been created for classrooms and the teacher workroom to minimize paper waste.
    • The PTA shared information with parents and the school community about Bryn Mawr’s waste reduction and recycling efforts through newsletter articles and the PTA bulletin board in the front office.
    • PTA members worked with the student Green Team on an Earth Day activity to save all the empty milk cartons for four days to illustrate the quantity of milk cartons that students were recycling and keeping out of the landfill. On Earth Day, students were reminded about the four “R’s” – rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle -- and encouraged to teach another person about them on Earth Day. 


    • Green Leader School Award, Pillar 1 (Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency), from Washington state

    For more information about this school’s conservation achievements and participation in the Green Schools Program, contact: Laura Grant, teacher,


     Recycling in the lunchroom at Bryn Mawr has made a huge difference! - Rod Kempf, custodian