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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Washington Green Schools Wins Statewide Award


The Washington State Recycling Association presented its K-12 Youth Education Award to the Washington Green Schools program last week at the association's annual conference in Pasco, Washington.

The Green Schools program promotes environmental stewardship in public and private schools through activities such as recycling, composting, waste reduction and education. Thurston County's Solid Waste Program is a Green School partner, providing tools and resources for local schools to help reduce their environmental footprints and utility costs.

Seven of the 153 Washington schools participating in the program are located in Thurston County: Tumwater Middle School, New Market Skills Center, Bush Middle School, Hansen Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, Michael T. Simmons Elementary and Washington Middle School. Tumwater Middle School and the New Market Skills Center have achieved Level 1 status in the program.

The county's Solid Waste program will host a Washington Green Schools teacher training on August 24, 9:00 a.m. to noon, cost: $10; clock hours available. Details are available by contacting Colleen Minion at minion@co.thurston.wa.us or 786-5269.

Information on Washington Green Schools is available at www.wagreenschools.org

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3