Congratulations to King’s Environmental Science class! Their work this semester to research school resource usage, propose alternatives, and implement a school-wide effort to improve campus recycling has earned King’s High School a Level 4 Sustaining Green School certification from King County. Students established a school garden to raise mason bees and partnered with King’s Elementary to organize and lead fifth graders in learning about our local environment.
In conjunction with their study of water conservation methods and the benefits of composting, students assembled a raised garden bed outside the STEM building. After learning about alternative irrigation methods, students constructed water-saving “ollas” out of unglazed flower pots to test the effectiveness of these water reservoirs. In addition, students studied the process of composting and learned how Cedar Grove converts our campus yard waste into useable soil products. We purchased Cedar Grove top soil to amend our garden beds filled with bee-friendly plants. In conjunction with our study of the decline of honey bees and colony collapse disorder, students set up a mason bee house with 20 cocoons to promote populations of native pollinators.
Students also worked hard to improve their school-wide recycling campaign. They created 3-dimensional posters to promote proper solid waste disposal to address misplaced items. They have done some surprise audits of classroom recycling bins to record the frequency of misplaced non-recyclables. They made school-wide chapel announcements and videos to increase awareness. A school classroom competition for recycling resulted in a reward given to the class with the greatest number of properly placed recyclables.
Additionally, high school students collaborated with King’s Elementary to plan and lead on-shore activities at Edmonds Beach to teach fifth grade students about the importance of marshes to improve water quality, the dangers of marine debris to wildlife and the basics of food webs and tidepool ecology.
King’s High School launched a new student environmental group, the Green Knights. Students meet weekly and organize student body environmental awareness activities. They write weekly bulletin updates with “green tips” to promote conservation among individuals. They also hope to organize a community service event each year for students to participate in local restoration projects. Awesome work, Green Knights!