MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – June 12, 2015 – Three more Mercer Island public schools are adding green to their colors this spring. Mercer Island High School, Islander Middle School, and West Mercer Elementary have earned King County Green Schools Level Three recognition. Now all Mercer Island public schools have achieved this recognition as Lakeridge Elementary and Island Park Elementary earned the status in 2013.
“This environmental recognition is an important statement about our impact in this community and the global focus from our staff and students,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano. “An important part of the 2020 Vision of our schools is to cultivate global awareness, with an understanding of real-world problems, such as being good stewards of the environment.”
Dr. Plano added that these efforts have engaged Mercer Island students and staff in environmental stewardship, conserved natural resources, and reduced costs. A new graphic has been added to each school’s website recognizing the achievement.
“These schools have initiated or improved sustainable practices and are teaching their students and employees about conservation,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program manager.
In the King County Green Schools program there are four levels of focus: 1) waste reduction and recycling; 2) energy conservation: 3) water conservation and pollution prevention; and 4) sustaining green school activities. To qualify for the next level of recognition as a Level Four Sustaining Green School, a school must select and complete an additional conservation practice or educational strategy from the King County Green Schools program’s Best Practices Guides, while sustaining the conservation strategies the school achieved during the first three levels of the program.