Case Study

Cascade School District Sustainability

2021-2022 Successes

Recycling Program Revitalized

  • Bins in all classrooms
  • Mixed and paper collection 2x week
  • 2,000 lbs of recycling diverted in May

13 Waste Audits Conducted

  • 864.5 lbs of cafeteria waste sorted
  • 23 student and 13 adult volunteers
  • 76% could be composted!

Waste Loop in the Classroom

  • Plastic pollution and solutions - 7th grade science
  • Arthropods and healthy soils - Home Link
  • Science of composting and vermiculture - CHS
  • Natural dyes with food scraps - Home Link
  • Recycling 101 - CHS

2022 - 2023 Goals:

  • Increase recycling district wide
  • Implement cafeteria composting starting with Peshastin Dryden Elementary School
  • Reduce single use plastics in the cafeteria
  • Inspire and support students and teachers
  • Develop composting curricular resources for elementary classrooms
Cafeteria sorting station in action during the first week of school at Peshastin Dryden Elementary.

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