The Issaquah School District will practice resource conservation and engage students, staff and all members of the school community in environmental stewardship.
- Implement and expand waste reduction and recycling practices and other conservation actions by operating environmentally efficient and responsible facilities and departments
- Involve the whole school community in environmental stewardship
- Provide instruction about conservation, natural resources, and the environment at all grade levels in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities and other appropriate curricular areas
- Increase and improve the leadership capacity by developing a model of collaboration, innovation and creativity
King County Sustainability Level 2
- Began participating in the Green Schools Program: April 2005
- Green School District, Level One: Achieved in May 2011
- Green School District, Level Two: Achieved in May 2012
Washington State Green District Leader:
The Issaquah School District was recognized as a Washington State Green District Leader for excellence in Pillar 1 (Reduce environmental impact and costs) and Pillar 3 (Provide effective environmental and sustainability education) by OSPI.
King County 2015 Earth Hero:
A King County 2015 Earth Hero was given to our district for the District's sustained and successful waste reduction and recycling practices. All 24 schools in the District have reduced garbage volumes and expanded recycling.
Green Globe Award:
In 2009 Issaquah School District received the Green Globe award for being one of the "best of the best" organizations by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks for its recycling and conservation programs.
Pictured right: John McCartney receiving an award from Dale Alekel of King County Green School's program, for his years of service to our District's sustainability initiatives.
Waste Reduction and Recycling*
- Prior to participation in the King County Green School Program, the district-wide recycling rate was approximately 30 percent. Following program assistance, the recycling rate jumped to 55.6 percent.
- All 24 schools in the Issaquah School District have implemented recycling and waste reduction programs and, as of 2012, achieved a combined total recycling increase of 6,091 cubic yards per year and a combined garbage volume decrease of 4,301 yards per year.
- Three elementary schools – Sunset Hills, Discovery, and Cougar Ridge – discontinued use of disposable lunch trays and began using washable, durable trays. These schools have a combined student population of more than 1,700 students.
- By replacing liquid soap dispensers with foam soap, the Issaquah School District saved water, time and money - and created less waste. Liquid dispensers and foam dispensers are the same size, but differ significantly in cost, waste generation, water use and maintenance. Read the full foam soap dispenser case study (PDF, 24 K).
- Issaquah School District has distributed more than 60 dollies to help custodians make recycling collection more efficient.
- King County Green Schools Program and City of Issaquah have provided 225 classroom recycling containers, 40 32-gallon recycling collection containers for centralized collection of milk cartons, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and many dollies.
Since 2000, Issaquah School District has maintained a database of energy use for each school. During 2000-01, the district used 132,455 MBTUs of energy. Since then, Issaquah School District has implemented an energy conservation program to closely monitor on/off operational times and several conservation efforts that included placing vending misers on all vending machines, installing CO2 sensors in gymnasiums, libraries and multipurpose rooms to modulate outside air dampers, replacing T12 florescent bulbs and old ballasts with T8 fluorescent lights and new electronic ballasts in several schools, upgrading HVAC equipment in a few buildings, and initiating a conservation education program for staff and students throughout the district. As of 2012, as result of these efforts, the district's energy consumption was reduced to 125,290 MBTUs and the district was using 5.4 percent less energy than it did in 2000-01, even though it added nearly 20 percent more square footage in new and renovated school facilities.
- Maintains a database of water consumption (potable and irrigation) for each school.
- Specified low flow toilets, faucets and urinals as building standards.
- Installed faucet aerators in many schools. The half-gallon aerators at Discovery Elementary reduced water flow from 12-gallons per minute to a one-half-gallon per minute.
- Installed 18 hose bib timers and Cal Sense irrigation controllers to control school irrigation systems, which has kept the irrigation water use about the same over the last 10 years even with the addition of five buildings with new irrigation systems.
- Improved control of auto-flush urinals, resulting in a 34 percent reduction in water use.
Cost savings: Thanks to waste reduction and recycling programs throughout the district, since 2005-06, the district's annual garbage costs have remained stable. The annual garbage costs for the district were $181,162 in September 2005, and were $182,360 in 2011.
*Information provided by King County
|Schools ||Level 1 ||Level 2 ||Level 3 ||Level 4 |
|Apollo Elementary ||2011 ||2013 ||2015 || |
|Briarwood Elementary ||2012 ||2014 ||2015 || |
|Cascade Ridge Elementary ||2010 ||2014 || || |
|Challenger Elementary ||2010 ||2014 ||2015 || |
|Clark Elementary ||2010 ||2014 || || |
|Cougar Ridge Elementary ||2011 ||2012 || || |
|Creekside Elementary ||2011 ||2011 ||2012 ||2015 |
|Discovery Elementary ||2010 ||2015 || || |
|Endeavour Elementary ||2010 ||2014 ||2014 ||2015 |
|Grand Ridge Elementary ||2010 ||2012 ||2014 ||2015 |
|Issaquah Valley Elementary ||2011 || || || |
|Maple Hills Elementary ||2014 || || || |
|Newcastle Elementary ||2010 ||2011 ||2012 ||2015 |
|Sunny Hills Elementary ||2011 ||2014 ||2015 || |
|Sunset Elementary ||2011 ||2013 ||2014 ||2015 |
|Beaver Lake Middle School ||2010 ||2015 || || |
|Issaquah Middle School ||2009 ||2010 ||2011 ||2015 |
|Maywood Middle School ||2010 || || || |
|Pacific Cascade Middle School ||2011 || || || |
|Pine Lake Middle School ||2009 ||2012 ||2014 ||2015 |
|Issaquah High School ||2011 ||2014 ||2015 || |
|Liberty High School ||2010 ||2013 ||2014 || |
|Skyline High School ||2013 ||2014 || || |
|Tiger Mountain Community High School || || || || |