Elementary school wins sustainability award

June 3, 2010

By Staff

Newcastle Elementary School was the recipient of a $300 grant from the state Department of Ecology given May 18.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste-reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula, a press release said.

Newcastle is one of 45 public and private schools from the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

Newcastle won a Sustainable School Program Award for its ongoing waste reduction and composting program, as well as its program to encourage alternative commuting options for energy conservation.

Two other types of awards were given. A Seed Award is given to schools or communities to initiate a new waste reduction or sustainability program and the Creative Environmental Curriculum Award, is given to students, teachers or school officials who introduce original curricula to further conservation efforts in schools.

In total, more than $28,000 in funding will be given out.

Funding for the program comes from the Waste Reduction, Recycling and Litter Control Account, generated by a tax on industries that sell, manufacture or distribute products and packaging that tend to become litter, the release said.

The awards will be presented by Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant at the Department of Social and Health Services headquarters at 10:30 a.m. May 21 in Olympia.

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