U.S. Education Department Official to Visit Seattle-Area Schools as part of Sixth Annual Green Strides Tour

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U.S. Education Department Official to Visit Seattle-Area Schools as part of Sixth Annual Green Strides Tour

Event Date: Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 28-30, 2019

Andrea Falken, Director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program, will visit Seattle-area schools Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 28-30, as part of the Department’s sixth annual Green Strides Tour.

“Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability” is the theme of this year’s tour, which will highlight how rebuilding schools with sustainable infrastructure cuts costs and creates healthier, safer, more equitable 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 degrees and professions not yet imagined. Sustainability education includes broadly transferrable and versatile educational competencies like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. 

The Seattle-area events will include visits to school buildings and grounds, conversations with administrators, students, and teachers regarding environmental education and project-based learning, and discussions with key facilities, health, and teaching staff.

Previous Green Strides Tours have included such areas as Alabama, Georgia, New England, New York and New Jersey, California, Oregon and Washington, Wisconsin, Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, Palm Beach and Broward, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, Prior Lake Savage and Waconia, Minnesota, Missouri, and Maryland. 

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

For more information on the program, click here. Resources for all schools to become more sustainable can be found here.

Andrea Falken, director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program

Sixth annual Green Strides Tour occurring this year in Washington


Seattle-area schools.  Details below.


Monday, Oct. 28

  • 8-9:50 a.m. Oak Harbor Public Schools. Meet at 350 S. Oak Harbor Street, Oak Harbor, Washington. Transportation within district provided.
  • Noon-2 p.m. Lake Washington School District. Meet at 12801 84th Ave., N.E., Kirkland, Washington. Lunch offered. Finish at 1312 6th St., Kirkland, Washington.
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. Carnation Elementary School, 4950 Tolt Ave., Carnation, Washington.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

  • 8:30-10 a.m. Issaquah School District. Meet at Issaquah Middle School, 600 2nd Ave., S.E., Issaquah, Washington. Two adjacent sites on foot.
  • 10:30-11:40 a.m. Bertschi School, 2227 10th Ave. E., Seattle.
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m. The Northwest School, 1415 Summit Ave., Seattle.
  • 1:45-4:30 p.m. Putting the Focus on Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability Discussion and Networking Event, The Northwest School, 401 E. Pike St., Seattle.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

  • 8:45-10:30 a.m. Bethel School District. Meet at 5625 - 192nd St. E., Puyallup, Washington. 
  • 10:50-11:50 a.m. Weyerhaeuser Elementary, 6105 365th St. E., Eatonville, Washington. Transportation offered for the afternoon. Lunch offered.
  • 12:10-1:10 p.m. Eatonville Elementary at the GRITS Farm, 44019 Kjelstad Rd. E., Eatonville, Washington. 
  • 1:40-2:30 p.m. Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy, 24503 SR 706 E., Ashford, Washington. Bus returns to Weyerhaeuser by 3 p.m.


Members of the media and public wishing to attend the tour events may register here. Please arrive to the tour location at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for entry