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White Bear Lake Area Schools
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-7500

Sustainability Efforts

Energy Efficiency Program 
Program Overview
From 2010- Oct. 2015, White Bear Lake Area Schools had partnered with Schools for Energy Efficiency® (SEE), a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. The SEE program helped us establish sustainable energy saving ideas that we will continue to build off of in the future.

White Bear Lake Area Schools, District 624 Adopts Energy Guidelines
School District 624 is committed to an energy-efficient environment. The Cabinet members approved energy guidelines to help reduce energy use throughout our schools while maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.

The purpose of energy guidelines is to identify and establish standards for all district employees regarding the operation of heating, cooling, ventilation, electrical equipment and water use in school buildings and other properties owned and operated by the district. The guidelines outline energy-efficient practices for building operators and district staff in an effort to reduce annual district energy consumption by 10 percent.

A district energy steering committee, which includes representation from district schools and departments, developed the guidelines and will work to help implement them. The steering committee used federal guidelines from the Department of Education, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Indoor Air Quality and the Department of Energy.

All district employees are asked to read the guidelines and follow the energy recommendations that pertain to their position and day-to-day job responsibilities so we can all become empowered to help save energy to support education.

Find a copy of the guidelines here.

Energy Facts
Find tips on how to save energy at home at the U.S. Department of Energy website

Waste Reduction & Recycling Program

Program Overview

According to Minnesota State Law (Section 115A.551, Subd. 2a.), Ramsey and Washington Counties have a goal to recycle 75 percent by weight of total solid waste generated by December 31, 2030. With schools and facilities located in both counties, White Bear Lake Area Schools has partnered with Ramsey and Washington Counties to do our part reaching this goal. The Counties have awarded us multiple grants to purchase equipment and hire the consulting firm, JL Taitt & Associates. to develop and implement new programs, practices and methods designed to help the counties meet their recycling goals.

Program Policy

The School Board's Waste Reduction & Recycling Policy was adopted on September 8, 1997 and most recently revised on July 9, 2012. It is the policy of District 624 to comply with all state laws relating to waste management and to make resource conservation an integral part of the physical operations and curriculum of the School District.

Program Goals

WBLAS waste reduction and recycling program goals are to:

  • Increase the School District's recycling rate to 75% by 2030.

  • Increase student, staff and visitors participation in the existing recycling program including rigid plastic containers such as food and beverage bottles and tubs; plastics labeled #1 through #7; milk cartons; and aseptic packaging such as juice boxes and soup and broth cartons.

  • Expand milk carton recycling to all school cafeterias district-wide. It is estimated that the School District discarded 930,750 milk cartons during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Expand food and beverage waste recycling (food-to-hogs program) to all school kitchens (food prep waste) and cafeterias (student plate waste) district-wide.

  • Switch from one-time-use disposable lunch trays to reusable lunch trays that are cleaned in a dishwasher daily by foodservice staff. It is estimated that the School District discarded 685,900 disposable lunch trays during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Establish a best practices, color-coded collection container system where blue identifies recycling containers and equipment, green identifies food and beverage waste recycling containers and equipment and gray identifies trash containers and equipment.

  • Develop a method to collect recyclables and reusable school supplies during seasonal school clean outs (end of school year desk and locker cleanouts).

New Waste & Recycling Services Contract

Effective October 1, 2015, the rate structure in District 624's new waste and recycling services contract is designed to financially reward the School District for its waste reduction and recycling efforts.

The School District will reduce costs by 67% per cubic yard in Ramsey County and 63% per cubic yard in Washington County when recyclables are diverted from the garbage stream.

Recycling Guidelines

Our current program is based on the method of single stream recycling where cans, glass, plastics, paper and cardboard are collected together in the same BLUE container and food and beverage waste in our kitchens and cafeterias are managed through hog feeding and collected in a GREEN container. 

Not sure what goes where?
Check out instructions on how to sort recyclables in our schools.

Check out this video showing how our students recycle in the cafeteria.