2019 Green Strides Tour Hero

Environmental Sustainability, Events

Northwest Honored as Part of U.S. Department of Education 2019 Green Strides Tour

On Oct. 29, The Northwest School hosted officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Senator Patty Murray’s office for an environmental sustainability-focused tour of The Northwest School. The event was part of the Green Strides Tour, which celebrates the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award schools in Washington, an award Northwest received this spring.

The 30-plus visitors were steered through the tour in two groups, one led by Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability Jenny Cooper, and the other by Environmental Interest Group leader Iliana G. ‘21 and Science Department Chair and Sustainability Committee member Cecilia Tung.

"I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to get the perspective of a student who is involved in environmental sustainability,” says Iliana. “A lot of the environmental sustainability work here comes from students who take initiative at projects that align with the school’s values.”

Stops along the tour included showing the multiple environment hubs used to hold the tools and supplies of the Environment Program, a showcase of the Urban Farm and Garden, the roof of 401 E. Pike to demonstrate some of the green building design, and the Dining Hall for a discussion on sustainability in eating with the Dining Program.

After the Green Strides Tour, the Northwest School hosted a discussion and networking event discussing sustainability, education, and schools. Representatives from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were some of those in attendance.

“It is important to continue to showcase our work, while highlighting that it is a journey. We aren’t done just because we won an award,” says Iliana. “Northwest can be a starting model and inspiration for other schools, while constantly helping the environment and addressing it as a social justice issue.”