Since 1997 the Oregon Green Schools (OGS) program has assisted schools in efforts to reduce waste, save energy, and conserve water. OGS helps you set goals and monitor your progress on important "green" projects, and everything is recorded on your OGS application. Once the application is completed and reviewed, your school will become eligible for OGS certification and the local OGS incentive grant. Save money, help the environment, and involve students in some of the most important projects at your school. Click here for more info.
PSS developed the Green Partnership Schools (GPS) program to offer environmental education (on the topics of soil, water, and energy), and to empower students in leading their school with "Green Team" projects. We work closely with administrators, teachers, students, and parents to ensure there are educational opportunities, and engaging activities, related to understanding nature and finding ways to protect it. This model allows for community collaboration, and partnerships with local organizations, to achieve incredibly positive results. Click here for more info.
Twice each year PSS invites Lane County schools to send students to our Hope in Action youth conference. There are always fun things to experience at the conference including hands-on workshops, music and engaging keynote speakers. The workshops provide hands-on experience for the students, and are taught by leaders in our community who are seasoned educators about our local environment and beyond!
We love it when parents get involved at school! We are helping this happen through our collaboration with the Center for Earth Leadership. Their successful "Eco-School Networks" program brings parents together to form meaningful partnerships, and directly assist in important "green" projects. Networks have been developed in Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Corvallis, and now in Eugene/Springfield. Click Here for more info.
Each year PSS invites teachers to come and speak their minds. We want to know what is working, and what is challenging in regards to sustainability programs at local schools. Who better to report on this than the Green Teachers that are working hard every day in their schools to make this a reality.
Our first conference for teachers, in June of 2015, was an incredible success! Educators from throughout the state attended the conference, and we hosted top-notch speakers and workshop presenters. The next one is coming up in April 2016. Click Here for more info.
Local food partners will help you grow a garden or educate on the benefits of eating local. Here are the organazations we partner with: Willamette Farm and Food Coalition / Farm to School
, Food for Lane County / Youth Farm
, the School Garden Project
, Northwest Youth Corps / YouthGrow
Our transportation partners have a whole lot of ideas on how a school's staff and students can get to school without polluting the air and contributing to global warming. Here are the organizations we partner with: Safe Routes to School
, Point-to-Point School Solutions
Waste from your school not only uses up precious space by making our Short Mountain landfill even bigger, it also contributes to global warming! Trash gives off methane, a potent green house gas. There are many waste reduction partners in our area including: BRING Recycling
, NextStep Recycling
, Lane County Waste Management
, City of Eugene Waste Prevention and Green Building Program