Teachers, students attend 'green' summit

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Vancouver — Students and teachers from 11 Clark County schools gathered Thursday for the first-ever “student summit” of the Seattle-based Washington Green Schools program.

Students participated in a series of events that included learning how to measure water usage, going through a hands-on solar cell demonstration and taking a brief walk outside Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center, which hosted the event. The summit was sponsored by the Clark County Environmental Services program.

Participants also took a look at what other Clark County schools are doing to earn their “green” status. Several are promoting recycling and composting in their buildings or conducting waste audits of their own, among other efforts.

Green Schools organizers said they chose Clark County for the first student summit because of its high level of participation in the program. Of the 179 schools participating in Green Schools, 41 are from Clark County — among the most in the state.

Of the program’s nine schools with “Level 2” status, three are from Clark County: Sacajawea Elementary School, Heritage High School and Image Elementary School, all in Vancouver. All three also were represented at Thursday’s summit.