Success Story: Tiffany Park
School District: RentonSchool Location: RentonBegan participating in the Green Schools Program: September 2013Level One of the Green Schools Program: May 2014
Waste Reduction and Recycling (Level One)
For more information about the school’s conservation achievements and participation in the Green Schools Program, contact:Janie Lambert, teacher
- Tiffany Park Elementary School increased its recycling rate from 28 percent to 38 percent.
- The school began collecting recyclable materials in its lunchroom during 2013-14.
- Recycling tips and information were shared in morning announcements.
- In 2013, the school received a King County Green Schools assembly program on waste reduction and recycling.
- G.O.O.S. (Good on One Side) boxes were made available to classrooms to collect paper used on one side, allowing students and staff to reduce waste by using paper more efficiently.
- Paper notices sent home were often printed on half-sheets of paper instead of full sheets.
- Staff members reduced paper use by sending out newsletters and announcements electronically or via intercom. Teachers also communicated with parents via email instead of paper whenever possible.
- A lunchroom share table was set up for unwanted and unopened items to be redistributed.
- The school reduced waste by using durable trays and bulk condiment dispensers in the lunchroom.
- Twenty-six students in grades two through five were selected to participate in the school’s Green Team.
- A representative from the King County Green Schools Program trained Green Team students as cafeteria recycling station monitors to ensure proper recycling and waste disposal.
- Student Green Team members wore King County Green Team aprons to identify themselves as volunteer recycling station monitors.
- Recycling stickers listing what can and can’t be recycled were placed on all classroom, office, and cafeteria recycling containers.
- In the lunchroom, the school collected empty CapriSun pouches separately and sent them to TerraCycle, a company that uses the pouches to make backpacks and other products.
- Head cook Tara Hester worked with students to collect, rinse, and recycle empty plastic applesauce cups from the cafeteria.
- Clear bags are used to line cafeteria recycling containers to ensure that materials are recycled at the recycling center.
Jane.Lambert@rentonschools.usJohn Paul, teacher
email@example.comJonathan Stine, program manager, district Energy Management Office
Green Team lunch monitor schedule & King County Green Team aprons in school cafeteria
Green Team poster encouraging students and staff to recycle