At Chestnut Hill Academy, we have reached the “Sustaining” Level (the highest level) of accreditation through King County’s Green Schools program. Through the King County Green Schools program, we expanded waste reduction and recycling practices during our Level 1 year, reduced our impact on global warming through energy conservation during our Level 2 year, and added an additional focus on water conservation during our Level 3 year. With the Sustaining Level, the focus has been on maintaining all of those previous efforts, with an additional emphasis on engaging the entire Student Body through an informative and comprehensive Earth Week event, as well as adding pollinator features to the school garden and supporting an aeroponic garden tower in the Cafe.
Our environmentally friendly efforts and initiatives are led by our students, in the form of a Green Team comprised of representatives from second through fifth grade. The Green Team members participate in biweekly meetings and facilitate projects focused on recycling, composting, gardening, water conservation, and other important eco-friendly practices, with the goal of raising environmental awareness across the student body.
Green Team Advisors: Debbie Fox (Second Grade Teacher), Jeryl Kolb (Academic Specialist), Megan Joost-O’Malley (Chef), Jordan Moore (First Grade Teacher), Raven Wilcox (First Grade Teacher), and Tiffany Watkins (Third Grade Teacher)
You can find out more about the King County Green Schools Program here.
Our Green Team actions include:
• Planning environmentally-focused assemblies and workshops
• Ensuring compost caddies are in place in every classroom
• Completing spot checks of classroom recycling and composting practices
• Creating signage and posters to clarify recycling and composting expectations
• Providing support during lunch periods to help sort trash, recycling, and compost
• Conducting faucet flow testing to ensure successful aerator installation
• Planting starts and transplanting seedlings for the school garden
• Planning classroom-based and school-wide activities for Earth Day