Kristine Major

New Children’s Book Teaches About Spokane’s Waste

Kristine Major, Solid Waste Educator, 509.625.6521

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:11 a.m.

New Children’s Book Teaches About Spokane’s Waste

Updated 03/17/2022

When Spokane had a problem with water contamination from regional landfills, a different way to manage garbage was needed. Follow Jules, Oliver, and a curious marmot as they learn how Spokane collects and disposes of its trash in a waste to energy facility. More importantly, they learn why making less trash to begin with is still the best thing to do.

The book, Exploring Spokane: Turning Waste to Energy by local artist Corinna Ren, is the first in what will be a series explaining how various public works departments function in the City of Spokane. “The unsung heroes of our community are those City employees who work to make sure we have clean drinking water, manage our wastewater, and ensure that our garbage is collected and disposed of responsibly,” says Marlene Feist, Director of Public Works.  “This book tackles the topic of trash in a fun and interactive way.” A second book about how Spokane’s water system works is currently in production and will be released in 2022.

The new children’s book is available free of charge. A copy can be picked up in person at the Administration Building of the Waste to Energy Facility at 2900 S. Geiger Blvd., Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Local educators are incorporating Exploring Spokane into their curriculum to connect science topics to regional operations and issues.

Our kids will love these books and we will be sure to use them for our instruction. They look like such a great resource and learning is always more meaningful when you can make a connection to it. These Spokane books will surely do that!

So very grateful,
Allison Muncie, 5th grade teacher
Frances Scott Elementary

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