Snohomish County Sustainable Community Stewards

Program Contact: Chrys Bertolotto, Natural Resource Programs Manager
425-357-6020 •



Who are the Sustainable Community Stewards?

Sustainable Community Stewards are volunteers working to help individuals and communities to adopt practices that result in cleaner water and air for all to enjoy over time. These actions are grounded in credible climate change and natural resources science that are relevant in Snohomish County. Sustainable Community Stewards are educators who share research-based information with others to encourage practices that protect and conserve the environment and world we live in.

What Do Sustainable Community Stewards Do?

Over the past 5 years, Sustainable Community Stewards have diverted over 15,000 pounds of food waste and compostable ware from the landfill, tested over 900 cars for leaks, and taught over 500 people how to make their own non-toxic tub scrub. These impacts are especially important since Washington State’s recycling rate is stagnate at 51%, over 7 million quarts of oil leak into the Puget Sound watershed each year, and over half of the Snohomish County residents surveyed in 2016 did not know about the Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Each Sustainable Community Steward crafts their own volunteer experience, selecting the activities and schedule that fit into their lives. Types of support can include: writing newsletter articles, identifying new project options, researching continuing education opportunities, event coordination, community outreach, public speaking, office administration support, and more!

Here are our current projects:

How Does It Work?

Want to learn how you can truly make a difference, both at home and around the world? WSU Extension Provides the training and volunteer support!

Through this training you’ll go far beyond the basics, with a deep dive on topics around waste handling, energy and water resources as well as being an effective educator and change maker!  Your opportunity to share the knowledge you gained will come after the training. We bring green cleaning recipes and samples to local food banks, provide waste education in food courts at 8 festivals and conferences, and test cars for oil leaks at 5 events each year.

The training will cover topics such as:

  • Climate Change Science and Strategies
  • Latest Waste Reduction Practices
  • Social Marketing/Behavior Change Techniques
  • Energy Literacy and Alternatives
  • Soils and Agriculture

You volunteer and report your hours!

As a knowledgeable, trained WSU Extension Sustainable Community Steward, you’ll be able to educate others on proven alternatives and new information that quickly contributes to a better future.

Upcoming dates and details for the 2018 training will be available soon. Please contact if you would like to learn more and be notified when 2018 enrollment dates are confirmed.

Take a look at our recent newsletter for events and news or view our Google Calendar


Ways You Can Become More Sustainable Every Day

Be the change you want to see in your community, even if you can’t volunteer today!

  • Bring a reusable bag with you shopping, or buy in bulk.
  • Check your tire pressure regularly. You can increase fuel efficiency up to 5% Tire Pressure Awareness
  • Check out your recycling guide find out what you can recycle: Rubatino (Everett), Waste ManagementSound Disposal (Edmonds Bowl), Republic, and Recology (Bothell).
  • Put your food scraps into a compost pile, or a yard waste bin! See the WSU Foodcycling page for more info.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly and use green cleaning products made from safe ingredients!
  • Carpool or combine trips whenever possible
  • Carry reusable utensils and containers whenever possible
  • Buy locally-grown, organic food when possible
  • Recycle more paper! See the WSU Papercycling page for more info.
  • Plant native trees and shrubs in your yard. See our Native Tree Guide for help!

Wed 21

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #3

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 22

Quality Assurance Meeting

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 24

Natural Resources Day Kayaking

March 24 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun 25

Sewing Program Workshop

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Apr 04

Growing Groceries: Weeding & Watering

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Apr 08

Sewing Program Workshop

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Apr 11

Drip Irrigation

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Apr 14
Apr 14

Repair Cafe

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Apr 18

Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #4

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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