Sustainable Schools is a free supplemental education program that provides teachers with resources and staffing to get students outside and think critically about their impact. Education programs are creative, hands-on, and easy for teachers to incorporate. Our programs provide: 
  • Up to 10 hours of free in-class support;
  • Interactive and comprehensive learning;
  • Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Empowerment for students to take responsibility;
  • Focus on solutions for waste reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation.

Program Offerings

Youth for Environment and People (YEP!) - for high schools

YEP! is a committee for high school students interested in taking action on an environmental or social issue important to them.

If you need more resources to make it happen, or if you want to meet other like-minded students with a passion for similar causes, then this program is for you!

Green Classroom Certification - for elementary schools

The Green Classroom program for elementary school students is a free program that provides teachers with a meaningful, simple way to integrate conservation education into their curriculum and initiate sustainable changes in the classroom and beyond. 

Through workshops, pledges, and action projects we challenge students to think critically about their use of natural resources while providing them the opportunity to brainstorm solutions and take action to promote conservation. Read more.

Waste Prevention and Water Conservation - for middle & high schools

The Waste Prevention and Water Conservation programs for middle and high school students are hands-on, multimedia presentations available to any school in Whatcom County. 

Through presentations, waste audits, and energy audits we challenge students to take a critical look at their current natural resource consumption and develop sustainable solutions that can be practiced in every day life to promote conservation. The program aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. Read more.

Waste Rangers - service learning for after-school programs

The Waste Rangers program for after-school groups is a fun, educational project teaching students about waste reduction and community service. 

Service learning encourages youth education and development through active participation in services that support their community and fosters civic responsibility. Groups receive free sessions from professional educators and support for a service project like building worm bins, hosting a litter pick up, and more. Read more.

Young Water Stewards - for high schools

The Young Water Stewards program for high school students in rural Whatcom County helps our future water stewards develop an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of clean water. 

Through stewardship activities, hands-on learning, and a science-based approach, students will gain experience with water quality testing and analysis, Best Management Practices, and mitigation techniques to learn how to help protect the health of their local watersheds. Read more.

Calling all K-12 science teachers!
You're invited to apply for a hands-on training series sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Join us to dive deep into the Next Generation Science Standards, providing the confidence to perform hands-on science beyond the walls of your classroom. Two tracks will be available during a 4-part series for K-5th grade and 6th-12th grade. Stipend, clock-hours and mileage reimbursement available to all participants who complete the series.

More information here, and a short sign-up form here. Please email Priscilla Brotherton, Sustainable Schools Program Manager, with any questions at


Contact us at or (360) 733-8307 ext. 106 for more information.