Year round, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education. Each fall, we have the pleasure of visiting school communities and highlighting their efforts. This year, the Green Strides Tour will return to the state of Washington for the first time since 2013, with the theme Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability.
The 2019 Green Strides Tour will highlight how rebuilding schools with sustainable infrastructure cuts costs and creates healthier and safer learning environments that support the needs of the whole child. Modern, educationally adequate green schools, and grounds facilitate hands-on learning about sustainability, natural resources, the environment, design, construction, and agriculture – preparing students for life-long success and professions not yet imagined.
Sustainability education includes broadly transferrable and versatile educational competencies such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, and cultural competence. Green schools offer learning environments that are agile, relevant, and exciting. By updating school facilities and grounds for sustainable operations and environmental education, the entire community can get involved and reap the benefits.
Past Green Strides have included over 100 events in 20 states: Alabama; New England; California; Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Palm Beach and Broward, Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Maryland; Prior Lake Savage and Waconia, Minnesota; Missouri; New York and New Jersey; Oregon and Washington; Pennsylvania; Wisconsin; and West Virginia.
We welcome anyone and everyone to join us on the tour to learn more about sustainable schools including:
- Federal, state, and local governments and agency officials
- Neighboring schools and districts
- Members of the press
This year’s tour will take place October 28-30, according to the following schedule:
Monday, Oct. 28
8:00 a.m.—9:50 a.m. Oak Harbor Public Schools. Meet at 350 S. Oak Harbor St., Oak Harbor, WA. Transportation within district provided.
12:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. Lake Washington School District. Meet at 12801 84th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA. May purchase lunch here. Finish at 1312 6th St., Kirkland, WA.
2:45 p.m.—3:45 p.m. Carnation Elementary School, 4950 Tolt Ave., Carnation, WA.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Issaquah School District. Meet at Issaquah Middle School, 600 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah, WA. Two adjacent sites on foot.
10:30 a.m.—11:40 a.m. Bertschi School, 2227 10th Ave. East, Seattle, WA.
12:45 p.m.—1:45 p.m. The Northwest School, 1415 Summit Ave., Seattle, WA.
1:45 p.m.—4:30 p.m. Putting the Focus on Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability Discussion and Networking Event, The Northwest School, 401 East Pike St., Seattle, WA.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
8:45 a.m. —10:30 a.m. Bethel School District. Meet at 5625 – 192nd St. East, Tacoma, WA.
10:50 a.m.—11:50 a.m. Weyerhaeuser Elementary, 6105 – 365th Street East, Eatonville, WA. Transportation offered for the afternoon.
12:10 p.m. —1:10 p.m. Eatonville Elementary at the GRITS Farm, 44019 Kjelstad Rd. East, Eatonville, WA.
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy, 24503 SR 706 East, Ashford, WA. Bus returns to Weyerhaeuser at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Carpooling and other means of alternative transportation are encouraged. All events are free and open to the public. Attendees may register here. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. Follow @EDGreenRibbon on Twitter for tour updates.