Snohomish County Sustainable Community Stewards

Program Contact: Stephanie Leeper, Sustainable Community Stewards Coordinator
425-357-6027 •

(formerly Carbon Masters)


Now Accepting Applications for our Master Recycler/Composter Program! Join our 2017 program today!

The 2017 Master Recycler/Composter program is now accepting applications! This year’s training will be held on Saturdays, July 22nd, July 29th, and August 4th 10am-4pm at McCollum Park in South Everett and other locations around Snohomish County. You will receive 18 hours of university caliber training and in return, provide 18 hours of volunteer service over the next year on projects that you select. Training include expert presentations, field trips, and hands-on practice covering solid waste, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.

Applications are due Friday, July 7th. Email Stephanie at for details and an application!

Who are the Sustainable Community Stewards?

Sustainable Community Stewards are volunteers working to help individuals and communities adopt sustainable practices that are grounded in credible climate change and natural resources science and options that are relevant in Snohomish County. Sustainable Community Stewards encourage behavior change and civic engagement that result in cleaner water and air for all to enjoy. See our May 2016 Newsletter for recent events!

How Does It Work?

Learn how you can truly make a difference, both at home and around the world! Join us for the next Sustainable Community Stewards training! Volunteers receive 34 hours of professional-level education including presentations, field trips and experiential activities. Volunteers commit to volunteer 34 hours over the next year on interesting projects already established, or that they choose to create. That’s less than four hours a month!

The training will cover topics such as:

  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Social Marketing/Behavior Change Techniques
  • Alternative Energy
  • Soils and Agriculture

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.

What Do Sustainable Community Stewards Do?

We are educators who share research-based information with others to encourage practices that protect and conserve the environment and wold we live in. Each Sustainable Community Steward chooses their own project.

Here are our current projects:


Ways You Can Become More Sustainable

  • Don’t use a bag, or bring a reusable bag with you shopping
  • Check your tire pressure regularly. You can increase fuel efficiency up to 5%
  • Check out your recycling guide find out what you can recycle: Rubatino (Everett), Waste Management, Sound 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!
  • Try to carpool or combine trips whenever possible
  • Carry reusable utensils and containers whenever possible
  • Try to buy food grown organically and locally
  • 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!

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