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“The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry


Welcome to the PARTNERS FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS online portal. We are here to help schools in Lane County achieve their environmental education goals, and successfully implement "green" project-based learning opportunities.





PARTNERS FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS offers the following programs:

 Green Partnership Schools: 

 Oregon Green Schools: 

 Hope in Action: 


Current 4th Grade GPS Elementary Schools (8 or 10-week program):

Bethel: Fairfield, Irving, Prairie Mountain; 4J: Adams, Awbrey Park, Bertha Holt, Camas Ridge, Edgewood, Edison, Family School, McCornack, River Road/El Camino del Rio, Yujin Gakuen; Springfield: Centennial, Dos Rios, Guy Lee, Maple, Riverbend

Current 5th Grade GPS Schools:

Bethel: Irving; 4J: Camas Ridge, Family School, River Road/El Camino del Rio; Springfield: Dos Rios, Maple

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Click here to visit our "Standards Alignment Page"

Each Green Partnership School participates in the following:

  1. Sustainability Education
    • Hands-on, interactive lesson plans related to sustainability concepts.
      • Small group projects and discussion, student presentations, artwork and other meaningful hands-on activities.
    • 4th grade classrooms:
      • In depth introduction to sustainability concepts (soil, water, air and energy).
      • Opportunties for in-class energy & waste audits, as well as an action plan for potential school-wide changes.
      • Students create posters for hallways around school.
      • All lessons build a sense of place, focus on hands-on activities, involve small group/whole class discussions and align with Oregon Core Standards.
    • 5th grade classrooms:
      • Four in-class lessons on a specific habitat or local organization. The fifth lesson is in the field, allowing students to experience the place they learned about!
      • Current community partners include: BRING, WREN - West Eugene Wetlands, Friends of Trees, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene Science Center, and Oregon Wild.
      • We are working to expand this program to more schools!!
  2. Whole School Involvement
        • Waste and Energy Audits.
        • Zero Waste Challenge – competing with other GPS schools.
        • Whole school assembly in the spring.
        • Scheduling, planning and preparation of these activities will be organized by PSS staff and interns in collaboration with teachers, students, school staff and volunteers.


Hope in Action

General information about this tri-annual conference:

The Hope in Action Youth Conference is like no other. Students from schools in Lane County gather to spend the day learning about "green" projects, getting to know more about what sustainability is, and to enjoy the day of festivities and entertainment. Local educators from a variety of organizations lead the workshops and/or speak to the whole group. Each student is given the chance to learn, participate and engage. The Hope in Action is for 4th grade students that participate in our Green Partnership Schools (GPS) program.

Information on our last Hope in Action youth conference:

Our last Hope in Action happened on November 5, 2019 with over 200 students from local Green Partnership Schools (GPS). The workshops and plenary sessions were fun and engaging! Everyone got to participate in a wide variety of activities, and all students had a chance to speak at the open mic in front of their peers.

Workshop Presenters

Past workshop presenters have included:

To see footage from past Hope in Action conferences - Click here to check out the highlights of the day (20 minutes)


Climate Strike - September 20th - News and Updates:

As you may have heard, on Friday, September 20th there was a global Climate Strike where millions of students and their supporters took to the streets. Though we do not actively encourage anyone to participate in the climate strikes, we would like to help you discuss these events with your students if so desired. Please consider sharing the following resources:

Greta Thurnberg Twitter Feed
Much of the info needed to understand the Global Climate strike can be found on Greta Thurnberg's Twitter feed. Eugene

Strike with Us

Photos, Videos and other media

Upworthy (Article by Annie Reneau)

Young Voices for the Planet (Videos)
(Recommended videos: “Words Have Power” - “Save Tomorrow” - “The Last Straw”)

Info on Climate Change

NASA - Climate Kids

Project Drawdown
(Click “View the Solutions”)